What is a Hair Condition?
Hair loss (alopecia), whatever the cause, can be a devastating thing to have happen to you.
Determining the precise cause is very important as that will help decide the best treatment. The good news is that most cases of hair loss can be treated, to a greater or lesser extent.
MALE & FEMALE PATTERN ALOPECIA
Male pattern alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss but it may surprise some to learn that the same condition can be found in women, especially after menopause, and is far commoner than most people realise. This is called female pattern hair loss and represents the same process found in men. Needless to say it can be very distressing.
Management of this condition has advanced significantly in recent years. Dr Tucker can prescribe a tablet treatment, widely used by Dermatologists, which can really help. Overall 80% of people will respond to some degree to this treatment. For some this will mean slowing the rate of hair loss, but in many others new hair growth can actually be seen. It happens quickly, often within a month. Other treatments are also available.
Other Hair Conditions
Another very common cause of hair loss is alopecia areata. This is an auto-immune condition which leads to localised circular patches of complete hair loss in the scalp or any hair-bearing part of the body, for example the beard area in men or the eyebrows. It sometimes happens after a period of much stress in someone’s life.
In mild cases alopecia areata will often regrow spontaneously without treatment but more widespread cases often need help. Various treatment options are available, and the good news is that in most cases hair regrowth is likely.
There are other causes of hair loss as well including telogen effluvium (stress hair loss) and frontal fibrosing alopecia (lichen planopilaris) and more. Dr Tucker will take a careful history and perform a thorough examination to establish the correct diagnosis so that the most appropriate treatment can be given.