8 Hair Loss Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Causes And Treatments

1. Androgenetic Alopecia - Most Common

Androgenetic Alopecia

When hair loss is related to androgens and genetics, it is known as Androgenetic Alopecia, or more commonly just balding. It affects roughly 50% of men by age 50 years, and perhaps as many women older than 40 years by menopause.

2. Telogen Effluvium - Second Most Common

Telogen Effluvium

It is a scalp disorder which causes temporary hair loss due to shedding of Telogen Phase hair after some shock to the system. Unlike Androgenetic Alopecia, this condition causes diffuse/generalised thinning, instead of localised baldness.

3. Alopecia Areata - Third Most Common

Alopecia Areata

AA is the patchy loss of hair on the scalp or body. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease and not contagious. It can occur at any age and most commonly children and the lifetime risk for it is nearly 2%.

4. Anagen Effluvium

Anagen Effluvium

It refers to hair shedding that arises during the Anagen Stage of the hair cycle and the onset may be rapid within 2-4 weeks. It is a diffuse hair loss like Telogen Effluvium but it develops much more quickly and extensive of hair fall is most often seen in people, occasionally appeared alopecia areata.

5. Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia

Over time, certain hairstyles and hair extensions can traumatize follicles and lead to permanent bald spots in the scalp, a condition known as Traction Alopecia. It is reversible if diagnosed early but may lead to permanent hair loss if it is undetected for a protracted period.

6. Folliculitis Alopecia - Scarring Alopecia

Folliculitis Alopecia

Severe folliculitis can cause permanent hair loss and scarring, the result of active destruction of the hair follicle and the follicle is irreparably damaged and replaced by fibrotic tissue.

7. Tinea Capitis

Tinea Capitis

It is a fungal infection of the scalp and hair shafts. It is a highly contagious infection and most commonly seen in children between 3 and 7 years of age, slightly more common in boys than girls.

8. Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania

People with the condition feel an overwhelming urge to pull hair despite trying to stop. It occurs most commonly among young children, adolescents and women and effects twice as many females as males.

Answer 7 Questions To Diagnosis Whether Your Alopecia Is Abnormal

Question 1 : Is your hair falling out in small patches?
Question 2 : Are these patches red, itchy or oily?
Question 3 : Are you a man who has gradually lost hair in the front or on the top of head and has relatives with similar hair loss ...

6 Ways To Testing The Degree Of Hair Loss By Yourself

1. Norwood Scale : The extent and pattern of male pattern baldness is often classified using the scale.
2. Ludwig Scale : The only scale measuring female pattern hair thinning.
3. Savin-Density : The scale for measuring hair density.
4. Savin-Frontal : The scale measuring frontal alopecia specifically.
5. Savin Mid Pattern : The scale measuring alopecia at the mid-top portion of the scalp.
6. Savin-Vertex : The scale measuring only rear pattern loss at the vertex.

Appearance Of Bladness And Possible Etiologies

Female - Central thinning ; Male - "M" shaped thinning, temples / crown : Androgenetic Alopecia
"Moth-eaten" appearance : Syphilis
Bizarre, incomplete thinning, with stubble : Trichotillomania ...