Types of Hair Loss that Cause Scarring

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Types of Hair Loss that Cause Scarring

Many people are familiar with hair loss, but what many people don’t know is that some forms of hair loss can cause scarring. While it can be caused by a variety of underlying health problems, the term for hair loss that is accompanied with scarring is cicatricial alopecia.

Learn more about cicatricial alopecia and what you can do down below.

Symptoms

In order to treat scarring hair loss, it is important to recognize the symptoms, besides scarring of course. You may see the following symptoms with cicatricial alopecia:

  • Severe itching
  • Severe pain
  • Severe burning
  • Redness
  • Pustules
  • Decreased pigmentation

However, it is important to remember that everyone experiences disease differently, and you may not experience any of the above symptoms with your hair loss. 

Who Gets It?

Women and men of every age can experience this disease, however, it is relatively uncommon in children. Cicatricial alopecia is not confined to one geographic area and occurs all over the globe.

While many other forms of alopecia may have a hereditary factor, cicatricial alopecia is different in that most that are affected do not have a family member dealing with the same condition.

Cause
Unfortunately, medical experts have not yet determined the cause of this form of alopecia, or most other forms of the condition. In terms of the cause, all scientists and other experts know is that alopecia, and its variants, are diseases of the autoimmune system.

However, medical experts do understand the mechanisms behind cicatricial alopecia. In this condition, there is inflammation at the upper part of the hair follicle. Stem cells and the sebaceous gland (oil gland) exist here, and the inflammation effectively destroys them. Once both are destroyed, the hair is not able to regenerate, resulting in hair loss.

How is it Diagnosed?
If you believe you are suffering from cicatricial alopecia, or any other form of alopecia for that matter, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist as soon as you possibly can. However tempting it may be, do not attempt to diagnose yourself via the Internet. 

At the dermatologist, you will undergo a scalp biopsy. Don’t worry — you will be numbed during the biopsy and the skin they will remove is extremely small. The biopsy is necessary to identify any inflammation and to see the location and severity of said inflammation.

Your doctor will also examine your scalp for any of the symptoms listed above. 

What to Do
The more traditional therapies to combat cicatricial alopecia include oral medications, specifically anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are designed to stop the inflammation in the hair follicles and protect your hair from falling. However, as is with every medication, there is no guarantee that it will work.

A more unconventional method is scalp micropigmentation, a practice in which pigments are applied to your hairline to fill in any gaps. Pigments can also be used to conceal any scarring. Scalp Micro UK offers scalp micropigmentation services. If you’re interested, visit their website.

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