Katz Dermatology, An affiliate of Anne Arundel Dermatology, Rockville, MD

Katz Dermatology on Hair Loss and Alopecia

What is Hair Loss?

Hair Loss is generally described by medical experts as the loss of hair from the head and body. It is sometimes referred to as baldness. The causes of baldness in some cases are certain forms of alopecia.

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is a certain kind of hair loss which is classified by medical experts and dermatologists as an auto-immune disease. The skin condition has been linked with many causes however it is medically describe as an idiopathic disease.

What causes Alopecia?

There are many studies on about what could cause the condition. As Dr. Matthew Katz explained, some of the factors which are possible causes of alopecia include stress, nutritional deficiencies such as iron, and certain kind of conditions, such as lupus.

What are certain kinds of Alopecia or Hair Loss?

Dr. Robert Katz, one of our dermatologists, told us the different types or kinds of Alopecia. There are three types of Alopecia which are the following.

  • Alopecia Areata - It is also known as spot baldness. This kind of alopecia affects only a certain area, more often, in the scalp. In rare cases, it is known to expand to Alopecia Totallis or Alopecia Universalis.
  • Alopecia Totallis - This kind of Alopecia affects the entire scalp causing the total hair loss on the head.
  • Alopecia Universalis - This is the worst and severe case of alopecia areata. It affects the entire epidermis, a layer of the skin, causing rapid hair loss including eyebrows and eyelashes.

Is there a cure for Alopecia?

Modern medical studies and research have not found any cure or possible medication for Alopecia. However, there are various treatments available for hair growth, or at least temporarily. It is recommended to consult a medical expert or dermatologists to gain more knowledge regarding the condition before undergoing through treatment and medications. Listed are treatments and products under cosmetic dermatology and general dermatology which could help you with your skin concern.

  • Corticosteroids
  • Minoxidil
  • Anthralin
  • Topical sensitizers
  • Phototheraphy
  • Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, evening primrose oil, zinc and vitamin supplements, and Chinese medicines and herbs.

I wish more information about Alopecia.

We highly recommend that you should have a consultation with medical skin experts and dermatologist regarding your concerns about eczema. They could give you proper advice and prescription about your condition.

If you are in Maryland, especially in Rockville, Maryland, you could schedule an appointment with us and have your consultation. We would provide you with answers and treatments available for you and your skin condition. Contact us and let us know about your skin dilemma. Katz Dermatology has been serving Maryland for 40 years now and continues to provide quality of dermatology services especially in general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology and aesthetic dermatology.

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