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Q: What Is Chemotherapy Related Hair Loss?

A: Chemotherapy consists of the administration of drugs that destroy rapidly reproducing cancer cells. Cancer cells are some of the most rapidly reproducing cells in the body, but other cells, such as those which contribute to the formation of hair shafts and nails, are also rapidly reproducing. Unfortunately, while chemotherapy drugs preferentially destroy cancer cells, the drugs also can destroy those cells responsible for normal growth of hair and nails. Cancer patients sometimes shed hair and nails during treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are poisonous to the cells of the hair root responsible for hair shaft formation. Usually, the hair is lost rapidly in large quantities during treatment..

 

Q: What does Alopecia mean ?

A: Is a common disease that results in the results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere. Alopecia occurs in males and females of all ages, but onset most often occurs in childhood. There are three types of Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. 

 

Q: What is  Alopecia Areata ?

A: It affects approximately 2 percent of the population and can involve hair loss on the scalp or the body. Its specific cause is unknown. With Alopecia areata, baldness usually occurs in small, round, smooth patches. Hair loss may be on the scalp only, or body hair may be lost as well. Alopecia aerate is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause of it is unknown. In fact, people who develop this type of baldness are generally in good health. A family history of Alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. Unlike Androgenetic Alopecia, hair will generally grow back. But it may take several years.

 

Q: What does Scarring Alopecia mean ?

A: Occurs when scar tissue replaces destroyed normal tissue on the scalp and can be caused by any number of things such as burns, infectious agents or diseases such as Scleroderma, Lupus Erythematosus, etc. Because normal tissue is replaced and the hair cannot grow through scar tissue, Scarring Alopecia is permanent.

 

Q: What is Traction Alopecia ?

A: Is where the hair may temporarily or permanently stop growing in certain areas on the head. Traction Alopecia is usually caused by continuous and excessive stress on particular hairs. For instance, if you continuously style your ponytail , bun, braid or in cornrows, the hairs with the most mention may gradually stop growing, resulting in hair loss. If this type of traction and hair loss continues for an excessive period of time, then the hair loss may become permanent. Generally , however, a change in hairstyle that reduces the traction on the hair and hair follicle is all that is required in order to reverse the process. This is especially common in African- American females (woman of color), who wear tight braiding or cornrow hairstyles.

 

Q: What is Trichotillomania ?

A: Another version of Traction Alopecia ,which is often referred to as “Hair Pulling Disorder”  , an impulse control disorder, when a person compulsively pulls out strands of hair in distinct patches on the scalp. Some individuals also pull out hairs from the eyebrows and eyelashes as well. Trichotillomania is often caused by an undue amount of anxiety, stress and depression. It most commonly occurs among young children, adolescents and woman. It generally affects twice as many females as males. The treatment for Trichotillomania often involves behavioral therapy or psychiatric help where an antidepressant may be prescribed. 

 

Q: What does Tinea Capitis mean ?

A: Is another name for ringworm, which appears on the scalp. Tina Capitis is highly contagious and may spread throughout an entire family, school or kindergarten. It can also be passed from animals to humans as well between people. The main symptoms or signs of Tinea Capitis is scaling and redness in a round or uneven area of stubbled hair loss. This is where the tine is digesting the keratin of the hair. These patches of hair loss slowly expand as the tinea spreads. The most commonly used treatment for ringworm is an anti-fungal agent, which is taken once a day for a period of between four and twelve weeks. Nizoral shampoo ( Ketaconazole 2% ) may occasionally be prescribed in addition to oral treatment to reduce the surface scaling.

 

Q: Hair Loss In Woman

A: You wouldn’t guess it from the male- oriented ads for hair-growth products, but about two-thirds of woman also face hair loss at some point in life. Not surprisingly, many find it as alarming as men do – perhaps even more so. Anyone – including men, woman children – can experience hair loss. But baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp and can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. For many, the loss is permanent. But some causes of hair loss in woman are treatable. Seeing your phsician can help you get to the root of the problem. The medical term for hair loss is Alopecia . The most common type is known as androgenic Alopecia or pattern baldness. It’s typically permanent and can be attributed to heredity. in fact, about 95 percent of hair loss from the scalp is due to your inheritance.