Alopecia refers to hair loss, but it’s a broader term encompassing various types of hair loss with different causes. Androgenetic alopecia (common male/female pattern baldness) is one type of alopecia. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss, is another example.

Causes: As mentioned earlier, hair loss can be caused by various factors, including genetics, hormones, medical conditions, medications, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. The specific cause determines the type of alopecia.

Treatments: Treatment for alopecia depends on the underlying cause. Refer to the information on “Hair Loss” (and stimulating hair growth) for treatment options that may be applicable depending on the type of alopecia. Consulting a dermatologist for diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan is crucial.

Disclaimer: Similar to hair loss in general, the effectiveness of alopecia treatments varies depending on the type and severity. While some treatments can be effective, complete hair regrowth might not always be achievable.