Hair Loss (Alopecia) — Full Text

โ€œAlopeciaโ€ means โ€œhair lossโ€ in Latin & medical-speak; when it occurs, patients often come to see us.ย  Itโ€™s usually not serious, sometimes it is, and itโ€™s invariably distressing.ย  Even if the loss is minimal, people are afraid theyโ€™ll go bald.ย  The list of possibilities is full of obscure ones that only a dermatologist can diagnose,Continue reading “Hair Loss (Alopecia) — Full Text”

Hair Loss — Some Pictures

See topic Hair Loss, also links to the various conditions. Telogen Effluvium Alopecia Areata Natural Patterns of Hair Loss ………………. …………..Male Patterns …………………… ………Female Pattern Traction Alopecia Secondary Syphilis Trichotillomania Tinea Capitis (Scalp Ringworm) Seborrheic Dermatitis Folliculitis Cellulitis Psoriasis Discoid Lupus

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a very common skin condition characterized usually by silvery white scales, that leave a red base if theyโ€™re scraped off (see pictures below).  Itโ€™s an auto-immune disease, often with genetic components, characterized by inflammation.  It affects men and women equally, and seems to be more common in temperate climates as one moves awayContinue reading “Psoriasis”

Folliculitis

Hair follicles, the tiny pores in skin from which hairs emerge and grow, can get infected โ€“ the condition is called Folliculitis.  We diagnose it by observing that a patientโ€™s โ€œrashโ€ really involves mainly the follicles.  The follicles turn red, and may even have pus.  Often the spaces of skin in-between are unaffected, but ifContinue reading “Folliculitis”

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Commonly referred to among clinicians as โ€œSeb Derm,โ€ seborrheic dermatitis is a common, poorly understood skin condition which likely has little or nothing to do with sebaceous glands (the latter secrete an oily substance from hair follicles to keep skin hydrated).  A fungus is often considered responsible for Seb Derm, but it may really beContinue reading “Seborrheic Dermatitis”

Tinea Capitis (Scalp Ringworm)

Ringworm of the Scalp, called Tinea Capitis in medical terminology, is the same fungus that causes โ€œathleteโ€™s foot,โ€ โ€œjock itch,โ€ and ringworm of the body in general.ย  It almost only occurs on the heads of children, where it causes one or several patches of hair loss with scaly skin.ย  Sometimes there are black dots, whichContinue reading “Tinea Capitis (Scalp Ringworm)”

Hair Loss — Natural Patterns

Female Pattern Hair Loss Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) has also been called โ€œandrogenic alopecia,โ€ which is a misnomer, because thereโ€™s no proof that male hormones (androgens) have anything to do with it.  It occurs mainly after menopause, rarely before, and may affect up to 75% of women over 75 years-old.  It never advances toContinue reading “Hair Loss — Natural Patterns”

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