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Alopecia Symptom1 - o Commonly occurs following pregnancy...

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Alopecia Symptoms Alopecia can present in a number of ways. The most common form of alopecia is Androgenic Alopecia, or Male Pattern Baldness, where men, or women with high androgen levels, typically lose hair over the temples and crown. Other forms of alopecia include: Alopecia areata o Rapid, patchy hair loss typically round or oval in shape. Can affect any body surface covered with hair Alopecia totalis o Loss of all head hair Alopecia universalis o Loss of all hair Alopecia can be further classified as scaring and non-scaring depending upon whether the underlying skin is affected or just the hair follicles. Causes There are many reasons for hair loss, these include:- Androgenic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness o Normally an inherited process, hair loss begins over the temples and crown. Some women are also affected by this form of alopecia Endocrine disorders o Thyroid disease, diabetes and hypopituitarism can cause alopecia Telogen effluvium o A condition where all hair follicles enter the shedding (telogen) phase at the same time
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Unformatted text preview: o Commonly occurs following pregnancy or severe illness Drug induced o A common side effect of Chemotherapeutic agents affect rapidly growing cells Erythemodermic o Due to inflammatory skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis or Discoid Lupus Nutrition o Iron and protein deficient diets can lead to hair loss Skin infections o Certain viral, bacterial and fungal skin infections can cause hair loss Specific causes of Alopecia areata include:- Autoimmune disease more common in patients with a family history of autoimmune disease o Evidence suggests T-cells cause destruction of the hair follicle Stress linked to alopecia Trauma o Trichotillomania - a hair pulling habit that is more common in children and certain psychiatric conditions o Firm tension hairstyles pulls on hair which results in damage o Heat of chemical damage again a result of fashion...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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