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Once diagnosed with alopecia, normal procedure leads to determining which type of alopecia one is suffering. This will be either scarring (cicatricial) or nonscarring. Once the type of alopecia is determined and confirmed, treatment can be initiated and a prognosis can be suggested.

Typical properties of scarring alopecias are loss of follicular ostia, or atrophy – this is when the hair follicles are blocked, causing hair fibres being prevented from emerging out of the skin. As well as this, diagnosed inflammation can also be found, while an inflammation of the tissue is sometimes, but not always present.

However, once histologic (tissue) inflammation has been confirmed, the presence of a fibrosing (scarring) hair loss in follicles is usually verified too.

Typically, alopecias are biphasic (they occur in two stages). Androgenetic alopecia (caused by too much of the hormone androgen) is likely to have the outcome of the loss of ostia (openings by which hair follicles emerge) – causing scarring alopecia.

Scarring alopecia is a common disorder, occurring in healthy people from both sexes and all ages. While no particular racial group is known to suffer most frequently, it has been noticed that African-Americans are highly related to suffering from some types of cicatricial alopecia.

Sometimes with cicatricial alopecia, no symptoms are apparent and hair loss is gradual for a long period of time, on the other hand, some suffering with cicatricial alopecia notice severe itching, burn, and pain sensations, which become more and more apparent. However, while this happens, inflammation is still hardly visible as it is destroying follicles below the skin surface, while the layer above the skin shows barely any signs of disorder.

While sometimes, areas of the scalp show they are affected by small signs of inflammation, redness or scaling, an imbalance in pigmentation and boils can also be seen. Causes of the disorder are unknown. It can be put down to genetics, and alopecia can sometimes be related to stress and anxiety, however not one main reason has been found for scarring alopecia.

A common trait in those suffering with cicatricial alopecia notice that inflammation is found in the upper part of the hair follicle, where stem cells and oil glands are situated. Once these glands are destroyed, hair follicles can not be re-grown, leading to permanent hair loss.

As mentioned, cicatricial (like most forms of alopecia) consists of two main types – primary or and secondary. Briefly mentioned was the result of primary – hair follicles being destroyed blocking hair fibres from emerging. However, three sub-categories of primary scarring alopecia are: lymphocytic, neutrophilic and mixed. It is vital to determine the exact diagnosis of alopecia type to verify specific treatment.

The secondary type of alopecia is more general, appearing in different bodily organs, damaging different tissues. Again, while no distinctive cause of alopecia can be established, it is thought that exposure to radiation, drugs, surgeries and tumours could have a role in the build up of the disorder.

An obvious effect of scarring alopecia is the formation of bald patches. The final stage of scarring alopecia is when the patches stop growing, and discomfort fades. However, the bald patches are usually free from any hair follicles at this point. In some cases, the follicles can re-grow, yet this generally does not happen, leaving some deep scars, which are the indication that hair follicles used to be there.

When treating any alopecia, it is vital that a proper diagnosis has been made. Once this has been done, the appropriate steps can be taken to help those suffering, be it with medication, hair pieces, or hair replacement surgeries.


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