Have you recently started noticing the gradual or sudden loss of your body hair? This can be on your head, arms torso and legs. You probably have no idea how this happened, or if it’s even treatable. The great news is that Dr. Steve Musick, and his team of highly skilled dermatology professionals are here to help you.
WHAT IS HAIR LOSS?
Hair loss, or a medical term known as alopecia is a thinning, gradual, or sudden loss of body or scalp hair. There are many reasons this can happen, and it is best that Dr. Steve Musick examines you to determine the cause and severity of your condition and all possible treatments.
TYPES OF ALOPECIA
Alopecia areata or patchy baldness suddenly appears, may go away and then come back again. It can affect men and women of any age. These bald patches usually occur on the scalp and is caused by a disorder in which your immune system attacks your hairs.
Anagen effluvium/telogen effluvium are groups of disorders that lead to rapid shedding of hairs. These conditions usually are triggered by medications or an underlying internal disease. Once the cause is found and eliminated, the hair grows back.
Scarring alopecia occurs when a skin condition on the scalp is so destructive that it scars the scalp and hair follicles. This can lead to permanent hair loss so early diagnosis and treatment are important.
Male pattern baldness is by far the most common of all hair loss conditions. This condition often onsets around 20-30 years of age. More than 50% of men have this condition by the time they reach 50 years of age. This a heredity condition, when combined with male hormones, leads to a gradual diminishment in size and number of hair follicles. Hair loss occurs predominantly on the crown and front part of the hairline.
Female pattern baldness is similar to male pattern baldness but onsets later in life due to a protective effect of female hormones.
TREATMENT FOR ALOPECIA
Dr. Steve Musick is a Board-Certified Dermatologist by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation for your hair loss warts and any other skin condition.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588. We accept most health insurance programs.