Hair Loss

There are many different causes of hair loss, or alopecia. Hair loss can result from an underlying medical condition, genetics, autoimmune conditions, harsh hair treatments, or physical or emotional stress, among other causes. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the number one cause of hair loss in men. The primary cause of hair loss in women is also a form of pattern baldness, called female pattern hair loss. Both male and female pattern baldness result from certain hormones and genetics. Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Alopecia areata usually begins with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss. Depending on the cause of alopecia, further hair loss can often be prevented and hair can grow back with medical treatments.