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Types of Hair Loss

The word alopecia just means "hair loss" it does not refer to a specific hair loss disease. Any form of hair loss is an alopecia. The most common alopecia is androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness), but it is not the only hair loss diagnosis. There are many potential causes of hair loss.


Introduction
Effluviums
Alopecia Areata
Scarring Alopecia
Congenital Hypotrichosis
Infectious Agents
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Assistant Professor University of British Columbia

Division of Dermatology Skin Care Center

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Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium (TE) is probably the second most common form of hair loss that a dermatologist sees. It is a poorly defined condition; very little research has been done to understand TE.

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Alopecia Areata


Alopecia Areata (AA) is perhaps the second or third most common form of hair loss that is seen in a dermatology clinic after androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium.

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There are a multitude of conditions where physical damage to the hair fiber results in hair loss. Sometimes this damage to the hair fiber is due to the hair being improperly formed by the hair follicles. These conditions are usually determined by genetic defects.

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