Hair Loss

stock_3.jpgMost everyone loses up to 100 hairs a day, but due to the amount of hair we have on our head, losing 100 strands shouldn’t cause alarm. However, alopecia is a medical condition that causes severe hair loss.

The most common type of hair loss occurs in patches, which is called alopecia areata. This is evident with patterned baldness, which is usually permanent and affects approximately one-third of all men. It may occur suddenly or over a period of time.

Other types of hair loss include alopecia totalis, where the patient loses all the hair on the scalp, or alopecia universalis, where the patient loses all the hair on his/her entire body. While alopecia areata affects nearly a third of all men, approximately only 5 percent of all patients experience alopecia totalis or universalis.

Each type of alopecia can be temporary, and the condition is not contagious. For unknown reasons, the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, causing strands to fall out. This condition is not a result of stress. However, please contact us if you notice extreme, sudden hair loss.