BY MARLO SCOTT, Columnist
ST. PETERSBURG — Are you or someone you know experiencing hair loss? Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that affects men, women and children. The onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent. There are 10 types of alopecia:
- Alopecia Areata (AA) – Used to describe hair loss occurring in patches anywhere on the body.
- Alopecia Totalis (AT) – Total loss of the hair on the scalp.
- Alopecia Universalis (AU) – Total loss of all hair on the body.
- Alopecia Barbae – Loss of facial hair (for a man) especially in the beard area.
- Alopecia Mucinosa – A type of alopecia, which results in scaly patches.
- Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) – Also known as male pattern baldness. It is a thinning of the hair to an almost transparent state, in both men and women. It is thought to be a hereditary form of hair loss.
- Traction Alopecia – Traction alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hairstyles
- Anagen Effluvium – This hair loss is generally caused by chemicals such as those used to treat cancer.
- Scarring Alopecia – A form of alopecia, which leaves scarring on the area of hair loss.
- Telogen Effluvium – A form of hair loss where more than normal amounts of hair fall out. There is a general “thinning” of the hair. Unlike some other hair and scalp conditions, it is temporary and the hair growth usually recovers.