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The onset of hair loss is often sudden and random. While the disease itself does not affect a person's health, coping with it can prove challenging.
There are many causes of hair loss including stress, genetics, hormonal changes (e.g. thyroid problems, menopause, polycystic ovaries), age, skin problems, diet. But it can also be completely random.
As people get older, they become more prone to hair loss, and over 20% of people with alopecia have a family member with it.
There are four different types of alopecia:
Many famous people have been affected by this disease. Legend has it that Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight. But what actually happened was her coloured hair fell out leaving only her white hair left.
Duncan Goodhew and Matt Lucas both lost their hair after childhood accidents. Gail Porter lost her hair in 2005 - thought to be caused by the stress of post-natal depression and her marriage break-up.Back to top
Treatments for alopecia
As the condition is unpredictable, in many cases hair grows back without treatment. If there are just one or two small bald patches then many doctors would advise that you simply leave it alone at first. But if treatment is required, here are some options:
Steroid treatment - doctors can use steroids to treat alopecia via injections, oral medication or creams.
Light therapy - this treatment has been used with limited success.
Immunosuppressant medicine - has worked in some cases, but its use is limited due to potential side-effects.
Changes to diet - doctors would recommend a diet high in 'first class proteins' found in eggs, meat and fish.
The best course of action is to visit your GP first, rather than search out a trichologist or company yourself, as there is always the risk that some businesses may be unscrupulous.
Be aware that there are no laws or rules to stop an unqualified, untrained person calling themselves a trichologist.
Here are some useful links with further information available:
There are several types of Alopecia, here is a brief description of the types and names given:
Types of Alopecia
Hair loss comes in a number of different forms. Listed below are the main types of hairloss and the characteristics of each type.
Alopecia UK concentrates, though not exclusively, on alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis, which are collectively used on this site under the term alopecia.
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