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Chicago Medical Dermatology Conditions Hair Loss/Hair Problems

Hair loss is also know as alopecia. Alopecia can be scarring or non-scarring. It is important to have a dermatologist evaluate the affected area clinically. Sometimes a biopsy is required to definitively categorize the type of alopecia and treatment required.

Examples of Alopecia Categories/treatment options

1. Androgenetic Alopecia – this is a genetic condition that can affect men or women. It can start as early as in the teen years. It is characterized by a recession of the hair line, thinning of the midline, and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Females can experience a more diffuse loss; this can start or continue to progress in to the 4th-6th decades of life.

a. Treatment options (not gender specific): minoxidil, biotin supplementation, finasteride, spironlactone, referral for surgical transplantation

2. Alopecia areata – please see this medical condition under its own link

3. Trichotillomania – a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out his or her own hair; most frequently in children

4. Telogen effluvium – Due to changes or stressful influences on the hair growth cycle, number of hairs simultaneously enter the resting phase and lead to diffuse shedding. The condition is not permanent but should be confirmed by a dermatologist

Culprits/Influences on hair loss/disorder
Hair is a commodity to the body. Without proper precursors (nutrients, vitamins, hormones, etc), hair will not grow properly or at all. The dermatologist often recommends serum blood work to rule out potential culprits. Factors that can influence hair loss include: hormones, genetic makeup, stress/illness/childbirth, medications (beta-blockers, chemotherapeutic medications, blood thinners), burns, autoimmune disease (e.g. lupus), or damaging cosmeceutical products/procedures (hot combs, prolonged heat from curlers or straighteners, tight braids, chemical straighteners)


To discuss your Hair Loss/Hair Problems Chicago condition with a Board Certified Dermatologist please make an online appointment or call (312) 585 7299 today.