Head Hair Growth—Hair Disorders

| August 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Head hair growth disorders can be of various types. Some people may suffer from hair loss Alopecia (hair loss); some others from Hirsutism (excessive hair growth). Given below are the descriptions of four hair disorders:

1. Localized Non-scarring Hair Loss

Diagnostic goals for overall category: Traction Alopecia, Alopecia Areata, and Acne Neoplastica.

The main cause of this hair disorder is still unknown, but it is believed that local factors (those caused by physical, chemical or traumatic events) contribute largely to this disease.

This hair disorder is manifested by gradual hair loss that goes on for years. It is localized because it is concentrated on a specific area and is non-scarring since it does not leave any marks on the scalp.

2. Diffusely Distributed, Scarring Hair Loss

Diagnostic goals for overall category: Discoid Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Dissecting Cellulitus of the Scalp, Acne Necrotica Miliaris, Lichen Planus, Fiber Hair Implants, Factitial Alopecia, Trichotillomania

This type of Alopecia is blamed on systemic diseases. Facticial Alopecia and Trichotillomania, however, are deemed difficult to distinguish from other disorders in this section because they are said to have been a result of psychological factors.

3. Localized Scarring Hair Loss

Diagnositic goals for overall category: Lichen Planus, Lupus Erythematosus, Chemical Burn, Thermal burn, Infection, Kerion, Vasculitis, Factitial alopecia, Trichotillomania

Usually because of physical, chemical or traumatic events, this hair loss disorder is relatively the worst type among the three types of Alopecia. Massive loss of hair is concentrated on an area, and even leaves ugly scars. Due to its identifiable features, however, it is the easiest to diagnose.

4. Excess Hair Growth (Hirsutism)

Diagnostic goals for overall category: Adenoma (virilizing), Adenoma (corticoid-producing, virilizing), Adenocarcinoma (virilizing), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Adrenal Hyperplasia (Cushing’s disease), Adrenal Hyperandrogenism (idiopathic)

At its most fundamental level, Hirsutism is caused by an increase in Androgen production in males. Since this is caused by a male gland, this hair disorder is a rarely observed in women.

Excessive hair growth, in this sense, is not limited to the hair in the scalp. Other areas are also affected such as the upper lip, sideburns, tip of the nose, chin, earlobes, upper pubic triangle, trunk and limbs. An important health step is to ensure that the source of active adrenal action is not a dangerous tumor.

Loosing few strands of hair on a daily basis is part of the body’s cycle. But when it borders on the alarming state, visit your local doctor for in the case of these head hair growth disorders the old saying—‘an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure’ holds true.

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