Alopecia: How do I know my hair loss type?

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Alopecia: How do I know my hair loss type?

There are 4 major types of hair loss, that need an entirely different approach for management. Therefore, it is important to find the type of hair loss you have. We have shared videos with images of various types of hair fall in this article, scroll further, to figure out “what type of hair loss you have?”

Hair loss is of major 4 types:

– Patchy hair loss
– Diffuse hair loss
– Male patterned hair loss
– Female pattern hair loss

Watch this video that has images of various types of hair loss and find out the type of hair loss you have:

Have you figured out the type of hair loss you have? If not, you can consult me because you might be suffering from 2 types of hair loss at one time. If you know your hair loss type, then scroll below to know in details about it:

Diffuse hair loss or Telogen Effluvium

If you are losing your hair diffusely from all over the scalp, then you are having Telogen effluvium. It is the most common cause of hair fall in the case of females.

The reason for this kind of hair fall is lack of proteins, vitamins, minerals in the diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, medications etc. Watch this video to know symptoms, cause and treatment of telogen effluvium:

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL)

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) or Female Androgenetic alopecia is the second most common cause of hair loss in females. In FPHL, there is gradual thinning and shortening of hair leading to widening of central parting (for images watch the video given below). This kind of hair loss is mostly genetic, but, few patients might have underlying hormone imbalance like PCOD. Watch the video given below for causes, symptoms and treatment of FPHL:

Male pattern hair loss

If your hairline is receding along with thinning of hair along with the history of similar hair loss in your father, maternal or paternal uncles, or grandfather, then you have Male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia(AGA). Unfortunately, it is an irreversible process and early treatment can prevent recession of the hairline, as discussed in this video:

Patchy hair loss

Patchy hair loss is mostly caused by scalp diseases like alopecia areata, lichen planus, DLE, etc. Immediate dermatologist consultation is necessary to find the reason for patchy hair loss and stop the progression. To know more, watch this video:

No matter what type of hair fall you have, a good diet is a foundation to regrow your hair. Therefore, read this article Hair regrowth diet- recommended by dermatologists to embark on the journey of hair re-growth with a strong foundation.

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