Alopecia (hair loss)

Alopecia areata is the name for a condition in which round patches of hair loss appear suddenly. The hair-growing tissue is attacked by the patient’s own immune cells for unknown reasons. There are three stages: first, there is sudden hair loss, then the patches of hair loss enlarge, and last, new hair grows back. This process takes months, sometimes more than a year, but rarely does the hair never grow back.

It isn’t understood why the immune cells attack the hair-growing tissue. Alopecia areata is not contagious, not caused by foods, is not the result of nervousness and sometimes runs in families.

Conventional medicine uses cortisone injections to stimulate hair regrowth. Twenty to thirty injections per patch are required once a month. The injections are uncomfortable and some patients do not respond to cortisone or any treatment.

Causes:

—- Nonscarring Alopecia

—- Androgenic Alopecia

—- Telogen effluvium

—- Anagen effluvium

—- Trichotillomania

—- Traction alopecia

—- Alopecia areata

—- Secondary Syphilis

—- Scarring alopecia

—- Inflammatory dermatoses

—- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis

—- Infection

—- Physical or chemical agents

—- Neoplasm

—- Congenital defects

Signs – Patterns of hair loss:

—- M-Pattern (Hamilton)

—- Androgenic Alopecia

—- Patchy hair loss

—- Tinea Capitis

—- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis

—- Immune mediated alopecia

—- Syphilis

 


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Alopecia (hair loss)

Symptoms - Hair  

Hair loss



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Hair  

Absence of unusual hair loss



 

No hair loss



Symptoms - Nails  

Blue and/black/ brown fingernails




Risk factors for Alopecia (hair loss)

Symptoms - Hair  

History of severe hair loss



Key

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Proven definite or direct link
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative

Glossary

Alopecia

Loss of hair.

Syphilis

A sexually-transmitted disease, with symptoms in the early contagious stages being a sore on the genitalia, a rash, patches of flaking tissue, fever, a sore throat, and sores in the mouth or anus.

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