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Types of Hair Loss

Androgenetic alopecia - This is the most common type of hair loss in both men and women and is more commonly referred to as male pattern or female pattern baldness.

  • In men, the hair usually thins out first in the front of the scalp and moves progressively to the back and top of the head, creating the appearance of a thin or bald spot on the crown of the head.
  • In women, there typically is a more diffused thinning of hair throughout the scalp. Women rarely develop bald patches.

There is no cure for hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia, although treatments are available.

Alopecia areata - Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere. Typically the hair loss involves totally smooth, round patches about the size of a coin or larger. This disease may affect children, women or men of any age.

There is no cure for hair loss caused by alopecia areata, nor approved medications specifically targeted to cure this disease. The condition can be managed by certain medications or it is possible that the hair may start to re-grow on its own. Contact your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

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