Hair and Scalp Conditions
Hair loss, thinning and scalp conditions can be experienced by anyone at any point in their lives, these can be extremely debilitating and cause great stress and upset.
Factors such as diet, hormones, medication, thyroid dysfunction, mechanical or physical damage, pregnancy, menopause, medication, contraception and nutritional deficiencies can all play a role in hair loss. Therefore, it is important to seek professional advice from a recognised professional. At Ilkley Moor Trichology Clinic you will be seen by an experienced Trichologist who has qualified from the London Institute of Trichologists.
Alopecia Hair Loss
Alopecia areata is one of the most common causes of patchy hair loss with around one person in every thousand is expected to suffer at some point during their lives. This condition does not discriminate, it affects children, adults, male and female. This is an autoimmune disorder which causes unpredictable hair loss and can affect anyone. Alopecia areata affects both male and female patients in equal quantity with 60% patients experiencing their first encounter of alopecia areata before the age of 20, and affects around one to two percent of the entire population.
Areata often presents itself in small circular patches which can appear in multiple locations of the scalp, often some white hair may be visible.
Patients may be mildly affected by alopecia areata with small patches or may suffer total hair loss across the whole scalp known as alopecia totalis, or suffer severe hair loss all over the body known as alopecia universalis.
This is an autoimmune condition which displays itself differently to alopecia areta in the pattern which it follows and instead of small circular patches follows a large ring type area around the nape.
This condition is often caused by long term physical trauma to the hair such as harsh chemical treatments, physical and mechanical long term damage.
This form of alopecia causes gradual hair loss over a period of time, primarily caused by the pulling of hair caused by styling with tight plaiting, braiding, pigtails or ponytails.
Scarring Alopecia can be caused by a number of factors such as mechanical or chemical trauma to the scalp, autoimmune conditions, following scalp infections. Scarring Alopecia presents itself differently to others as the scalp has a shinier appearance with no hair follicles present and can sometimes look atrophied.
Anagen effluvium is when sudden hair loss takes place during the anagen (growing) phase. This drastic shedding of hair is often caused by the drugs used to treat cancer. The hair may fall out quickly during chemotherapy but should resume growth again after treatment stops.