Hair Loss Terms
- Alopecia - There are many types of Alopecia. Alopecia is a disorder in which the body rejects the hair but the follicle is not dead.
- Alopecia Areata: Hair loss in sharply defined areas; autoimmune disorder in which the body rejects the hair but the follicle is not dead.
- Alopecia Totalis: Loss of hair from the entire scalp.
- Alopecia Universalis: Loss of hair from the entire body.
- Alopecia Liminaris: Loss of hair at the hairline along the front and back edges of scalp.
- Androgenetic Alopecia: Male and female pattern hair loss.
- Cicatricial Alopecia (scarring Alopecia): Irreversible loss of hair associated with scarring which destroys the hair follicle.
- Symptomatic Alopecia: Loss of hair due to systemic or psychogenic causes or from stress.
- Traction Alopecia: Loss of hair caused primarily by a pulling by a pulling force being applied to the hair.
- Amino Acid Deficiency: Amino Acids are building blocks of protein, a deficiency of amino acids may adversely affect hair growth.
- Anagen Effluvium: The pathologic loss of the anagen or growth phase hair; the loss of hair due to internally administered medications that poison the growing hair follicle such as chemotherapy medication.
- Telogen Effluvium: Scalp disorder characterized by massive hair loss as an early entry of hair in the telogen phase (resting phase). It may be due to a variety of causes such as eating disorders, anemia, chronic, illness, etc.
- Tinea Capitis (ringworm): A fungal infection of the scalp.
- Trichotillomania: Loss of hair from compulsive pulling or twisting of the hair until it pulls out or breaks off. More at Trich.org
There are many other causes for hair loss including: Medications, Stress and Diet just to name a few.
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