Have you ever been told by a doctor, hairstylist, or trichologist that “you have alopecia”? Alopecia is a general term used to describe several different types of hair loss conditions. Alopecia simply means hair loss. Another term used for hair loss is baldness. It is important to know the specific type of alopecia you have. Simply being diagnosed with alopecia will not help you.
Here are three reasons why you need to know what type of alopecia you have:
- It will help determine what treatments are available to you.
- Allows you to know if the hair loss will grow back without treatment, so you will not waste time, and money on treatments that you do not need.
- It will let you know if there is hair follicle damage, and permanent hair loss.
- You may learn you have a systemic problem that needs medical attention.
Each type of hair loss is unique in the cause and has a different affect on hair growth, and the skin. This is why your hair loss specialist has to be specific in diagnosing your condition. Once you realize you have hair loss, go to a dermatologist that specializes in hair loss or trichologist for help as soon as possible. In some cases you can tell on your own that you are losing hair. Other times, it can be challenging to determine by yourself if hair loss is taking place.
Before I go into how to spot hair loss, let me discuss a few hair loss facts.
According to recent statistics 35 million men and 21 million women are suffering with hair loss in the U.S. alone, with over 810,000 of them getting professional treatment.
The average number of hair follicles on the scalp is 100,000 to 150,000 and it’s very natural for a person to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day during the body’s renewal process.
What to look for if you think you have hair loss?
There are similarities in hair loss patterns, shapes on the scalp, and parts of the body. The following is a guide to help you pinpoint some of the warning signs of hair loss. If you notice any changes with your scalp hair, or hair on your body, seek the help from your primary doctor, a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss or trichologist.
Here are a few signs to look out for:
- One or many bald patches.
- Excessive thinning or shedding of the hair.
- A wider than usual part at top of the scalp.
- Receding hair at the hairline, top, or back of the head.
- Total hair loss of the scalp, including eyebrows, and body hair.
- For women, excessive hair growth on the chin, upper lip, and chest, could be a sign of hirsutism. Hirsutism can cause androgenetic alopecia. In this case you would see a doctor for hirsutism and a trichologist for the hair loss.
How will the scalp feel with hair loss?
You must also pay attention to how your scalp feels if you are experiencing hair loss. Ignoring symptoms associated with hair loss can make hair loss expand in size over time, making it harder to treat, and the scalp more noticeable. Please note, just because you feel any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are experiencing hair loss, but it can be a warning.
Symptoms of the scalp to look out for:
- Scalp tenderness
- Scalp soreness
Knowing the signs (how hair loss looks), and the symptoms, (how hair loss feels), is going to help you describe to a hair loss specialist, or doctor any significant changes to your hair, or scalp which will help you get the care that your hair, or body needs.
It will not hurt to seek help from a hair loss specialist if you feel something is not right with your hair, or scalp. Pay close attention to the warnings. Before you purchase any products for hair loss, get diagnosed. You need to know the type of hair loss you have in order to know what treatments are available to you, if any treatments are needed, or if the hair loss is related to a systemic problem that needs medical attention.
Did you find out you have hair loss, if so, what type of hair loss were you diagnosed with? If the hair loss specialist diagnosed you with alopecia alone, it is time to dig deeper. Consult with Sophia Emmanuel. A licensed cosmetologist, and certified trichologist. Click the schedule now to make your first trichology appointment.