Is It Androgenetic Alopecia that’s Causing Your Hair Loss?

In adults, androgenetic alopecia is the most common culprit of hair loss. However it is not right to immediately think that all hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia since there are numerous other causes of hair loss. There are two types of hair loss causes. What are they?

Non-scarring causes – In non-scarring causes there is either temporary or permanent hair loss involved. However the scalp is left intact.

Scarring causes – In the case of scarring causes, the condition that brings about hair loss also injure and scar the scalp. Hair follicles can be destroyed with injury and subsequent scarring which is why scarring alopecia is more likely to cause permanent hair loss.

It is fairly easy to tell when you are experiencing hair loss but knowing what’s causing it is quite difficult. There are certain skin conditions that can cause hair loss and a medical specialist can only discover this. The best thing to do whenever you experience an unexplained hair loss is to consult your doctor. Hair loss can be a sign or even an initial symptom of an underlying medical condition or disease which may have to do something with the pituitary, thyroid or adrenal glands or even the intestines or the liver. Hair loss may also be a symptom of a urinary tract problem or a skin problem. With numerous possibilities, it is best to consult a doctor so you can undergo medical examinations and the real problem can be diagnosed.

Androgenetic Alopecia

It is believed by many that balding is only exclusive to men. One should not think this as androgenetic alopecia affects both men and women. In today’s society, having hair is seen as normal while losing hair is seen as the opposite. However what most people do not know is that the main cause of hair loss in men is not in any way abnormal or in any sense like a bizarre phenomenon. In fact it is better described as a normal phenomenon causing hair loss that is almost undetectable to balding over the entire or most of the scalp. This is what is known as  male-pattern hair loss. Another type of this is called female-pattern hair loss. There are certain factors that cause female-pattern hair loss that are the same with male-pattern hair loss and with some also may be different.

Male-Pattern Balding

In male-pattern hair loss, the alopecia may either progress slowly or the exact opposite and may or may not progress to a higher or more severe stage.

Female Pattern Balding

If you compare the balding in men and women, you would see that hair loss is a lot less intense in women. In female pattern balding, usually the case is that there is thinning of hair over most of the scalp rather than a total hair loss in a specific area of the scalp.

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