Hair loss can appear in many different ways depending on the problem that’s causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, while others are permanent.
As we age our hair naturally begins to thin. For both men and women, the most common cause of hair loss is heredity. Other contributing factors may include underlying medical or hormonal problems, medications, excessive weight loss, stress, chemotherapy or radiation.
Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
Gradual thinning on top of head. This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead. Women typically retain a line of hair at the forehead but experience a broadening of the part in their hair.
Circular or patchy bald spots. Some people experience smooth bald spots, often about an inch across. This type of hair loss usually affects just the scalp, but it sometimes also occurs in beards or eyebrows. In some cases your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
Sudden loosening of hair. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
Full-body hair loss. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back after treatment ends.
The key to properly treating hair loss is having a board certified dermatologist who is experienced in hair loss diagnose the cause of your hair loss. At The Center for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, Dr. Holy will evaluate your condition and discuss a customized treatment plan created just for you.
If you have noticed hair loss, contact us at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule a consultation today.