Alopecia

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss.

There are two main types of alopecia: Alopecia Areata, when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out (often in patches all over the body), and androgenetic alopecia, an inherited condition where hair on the head thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss.

About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is permanent.

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Review Date: 12/19/2015  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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