cicatricial alopecia

What is cicatricial alopecia?

Cicatricial alopecia is also known as scarring alopecia.  This type of hair loss results in destruction of the hair follicle.  When the hair follicle is destroyed, scar tissue is formed on the scalp and the hair follicle can no longer produce hair.  Cicatricial alopecia is becoming more common.  Research shows that the rise in auto – immune problems could be the reason why.

What does cicatricial alopecia look like?

Cicatricial alopecia may start off as a small bald patch on the scalp and slowly or rapidly grow in size.  The areas of hair loss look shiny, and the follicle openings are closed.  The signs may be noticeable, but sometimes the hair loss can go unnoticed until the size of the patch increases in size.

There are many different types of cicatricial alopecia.  Some of the most common scaring alopecia’s trichologist come in contact with are lichen planus, frontal fibrosing alopecia, pseudopelade and folliculitis delcalvans.

Finding the cause of your scarring alopecia may not be easy.

The cause of cicatricial alopecia can be hard to find.  Some cicatricial alopecia causes are unknown.  You can get a proper diagnosis with a biopsy.  A biopsy can only be done by a doctor.  A dermatologist is the perfect doctor to perform this procedure for you.  Some cicatricial alopecia maybe an indication of a systemic problem and further testing by a doctor is recommended.  Some diseses that cause cicatricial alopecia include Lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma.

Are there any treatments that can help you if you have cicatricial alopecia?

Treatments for cicatricial alopecia vary and may include oral medication, topical treatments that can be applied at home, for example Rogain 2% or 5%, which research shows may help reduce inflammation which may help keep cicatricial alopecia from increasing in size. The cortisone injections help reduce inflammation and stimulates hair growth in sluggish hair follicles.  No treatment is 100% guaranteed. One treatment may work for you but may not work for someone else. Before starting any treatment for cicatricial alopecia you must see a doctor to discuss all options and come up the appropriate treatment plan.

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