- Hair Loss (Alopecia)
- Benign Lesions
- Sun Damage
- Sun Spots/Liver Spots
- Actinic Keratosis
Alopecia (Hair loss)
Alopecia is localised or diffuse loss of hair from the scalp. It can be associated with inflammation of scalp skin and scarring. Sometimes it could be a symptom of underlying disease .It can happen at any age. There are different conditions causing alopecia such as infections, disease of hair and due to abnormalities of immune system. Alopecia can be either temporary or permanent.
The analysis of hair loss involves assessment of the type of loss, scalp skin, hair shaft integrity, health of the hair roots, a detailed history to look for any underlying conditions and this assessment would be carried out at the time of consultation. Further investigations may be needed for the diagnosis.
One of the more known types of alopecia is Alopecia Areata. This usually produces coin shaped round patches of hair loss. It is an autoimmune condition hence also known as autoimmune alopecia. The hair usually grows back spontaneously but sometimes the problem can be widespread and more long term. Usually there is a family history of similar issues and/or other autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and thyroid.
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