As alopecia progresses, hair loss may become more obvious and more widespread across your scalp (and occasionally across the body):
- Multiple bald patches across the scalp.
- Loss of beard hair, or bald patches in the beard.
- Hair in other areas of the body falling out (e.g. eyelashes, arms, legs).
- Pronounced thinning, or complete hair loss, across the scalp.
Any changes in the hair could be an early sign of alopecia. Particular symptoms to look out for are:
- Hair breaking more often, indicating that new growth is weak.
- You feel like you’re shedding more hair than you used to.
- Clumps of hair on your pillow in the morning.
- Clumps of hair coming out when you wash your hair.
- A bald patch on your scalp.
- Changes to your fingernails or toenails—very small indents, little white lines or loss of condition in your nails.
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Alopecia of any kind is diagnosed by a doctor, trichologist or dermatologist through a physical examination and by looking into a patient's medical history (including family medical history).
The diagnostic process may also include some hair analysis and blood tests.
While the human body naturally sheds some hair (around 100 hairs a day) which replenishes, alopecia is considered a medical condition. It is different from the most common type of hair loss, male/female-pattern baldness—a condition termed “androgenetic alopecia.”
In men, androgenic alopecia takes the form of a receding hairline followed by the thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. Alopecia areata differs in that it causes patches of baldness rather than a single consistent receding line.
These patches are usually about the size of a large coin, appear on the scalp in various frequencies and can affect anyone of any age—whereas pattern baldness is most common among older men.
In some cases of alopecia areata, the hair will regrow naturally over time. Those affected by a male- and female-pattern baldness will not be able to regrow their hair naturally.
Several treatments are available—medical and product-centered—for alopecia. Appropriate treatment will vary depending on the type of alopecia you are experiencing (alongside other factors like genetics or age).
The first step is to seek advice from a doctor or trichologist, who will diagnose the type of alopecia and can discuss the right treatment options with you.
In cases of alopecia areata (and some other types, such as postpartum alopecia) hair may regrow naturally over time. At first, it is likely to appear white and wispy, but after a few months, it will start to thicken and regain its natural color.
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You may also want to consider a different haircut or alternative styles to help disguise areas of thinning.
- Ultraviolet light can be shone on bald patches to stimulate growth.
Changes to your hair can be emotionally troubling; Hair loss can trigger low self-esteem and be difficult to come to terms with.
One of the most important steps to help you process what is happening is to talk about it—with a medical professional (especially to rule out or identify any underlying conditions), with a Stylist/Trichologist.
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