A General Overview on Hair Loss
The word "alopecia
" is the medical term for hair loss
. Alopecia does not refer to one specific hair loss disease -- any form of hair loss is an alopecia.
Hair loss can be caused by any number of conditions,
reflected in a specific diagnosis. Some diagnoses have alopecia in their
title, such as
alopecia areata or scarring alopecia, but many do not, such as telogen effluvium.
Alopecia can be caused by many factors from genetics to
drugs. While androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness, AGA
for short) is by far the most common form of hair loss, dermatologists
also see many people with other forms of alopecia. Several hundred
diseases have hair loss as a primary symptom.
Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women make up a significant percentage of American hair loss
sufferers. Forty percent of women have visible hair loss by the time
they are age 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hair
loss in women can be absolutely devastating for self image and emotional
well-being. So how can I know if my hair loss is chronic or occasional?
There are 3 factors that can help you determine if your hair loss is chronic or occasional.
- Has my hair been thinning for 6 months or more?
If you can answer yes to this question you are most likely suffering from chronic hair loss.
- Is hair loss widespread or localized?
If your hair loss is wide spread; meaning your hair is thinning all over, you may be suffering from occasional hair loss. If hair loss is localized to one area; you find one spot thinning faster or more than the rest of your hair then you are most likely suffering from a chronic form of hair loss
- Is hair loss constant or occasional?
If your hair loss is constant; meaning you seem to always be losing your hair this is a sign of an occasional hair loss condition that could be related to stress, hormones, or any number of other triggers. If your hair loss is occasional, meaning losing small amounts of hair over a longer period of time you most likely are suffering form a chronic hair loss condition.
These questions are meant to be a general guideline to help you begin to determine what type of hair loss you are suffering. The Glytone Hair Cary by Ducray
system contains products that can effectively treat both chronic and occasional hair loss. We do recommend consulting with your doctor or dermatologist before starting any hair loss treatment system.