Alopecia means hair loss and hair loss is something many Americans are suffering from. It is important to know what your treatment options are.
The word alopecia means “hair loss”. It does not refer to any specific hair diseases. There are two types of Alopecia, permanent and non- permanent. Permanent alopecia is irreversible; the hair loss is associated with the destruction of the hair follicle. Nonpermanent alopecia is reversible; the hair has a chance for regrowth. Scarring alopecia an example of permanent alopecia and is not reversible there is no treatment for this disease. Treatable types of alopecia are telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium, and alopecia areata. The treatment for telogen effluvium depends on the cause, in some cases a major surgery may cause this type of alopecia to occur. The medication Minoxidil can be used to treat this type of alopecia. It is a direct hair growth stimulator; it promotes the telogen hair follicles to follow their normal cyclical growth by inducing the anagen growth phase. There is a range of treatments for alopecia areata but it may not be effective for everyone. The most common treatment for this disease involves the use of corticosteroids, hair restoration is very common, as well for correcting this form of alopecia.