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Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. There are a number of types and causes of alopecia. Here are just a few:

Male and female pattern alopecia: This is the most common type of hair loss, particularly in men. Pattern alopecia has a hereditary component and tends to follow the pattern of receding hairline at the forehead and temples in men and a widening part line in women. There are a number of different treatment options for pattern alopecia.

Telogen effluvium: Characterized by acute onset diffuse shedding, telogen effluvium is a reactive process that can occur 4-12 months following emotional,  metabolic or hormonal stress (such as pregnancy, surgery, sudden weight loss or the loss of a loved one). Sometimes medications can cause telogen effluvium. The good news is recovery is spontaneous and typically occurs within 6 months.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes a person’s hair to fall out in discrete patches. This condition typically improves after treatment with topical or injectable anti-inflammatory steroids.

Traction alopecia: This type of alopecia is caused by pulling forces on the hair. Certain hairstyles such as a tight ponytail or repeated pulling from hair straightening tools can lead to traction alopecia.

Hair loss caused by other scalp conditions: Various skin conditions such as lichen planus, skin cancer or fungal infection can lead to hair loss. In some cases a biopsy can be helpful to establish a diagnosis.

The dermatology specialists at Teton Dermatology are here to help you understand the cause of your alopecia and establish a treatment plan.

Call Teton Dermatology at 307-734-1800 for an appointment to evaluate your hair loss.

Call Teton Dermatology at 307-734-1800 for an appointment to evaluate your hair loss.