The confusion comes into play when you are diagnosed with a type of Alopecia that is either genetic or medical in nature. The first step is to determine the actual type of Alopecia you are experiencing. From there, our professional and experienced team will discuss your options and develop a customized plan for you.
Androgenic Alopecia is hair loss caused by a form of a genetic predisposition or a passing along of a hair loss gene. Whether from your mother’s or father’s side, the condition itself is not of a medical or immune conditioned response. The medical forms of Alopecia are commonly referred to as AA / Alopecia Areata, AT /Alopecia Totalis / AU / Alopecia Universalis. All three diagnoses are considered autoimmune conditions and are traumatic and can last a few months to a lifetime.
What’s in the AlopeciaDX Blood Test Panel?
In our lab panel, our Nashville hair loss experts are especially looking for underlying medical issues, along with vitamin and mineral deficiencies. More specifically we are looking for:
Every medical condition affects each person in different ways. Hair loss is no different and may be the only symptom or one of many.
If hair loss is the sole complaint, you may be led to believe it’s simply your genetics. Genetics may indeed play a role, but genetics are not the singular factor contributing to or causing hair loss. Often times there are multiple variables playing a role in hair loss, and understanding the cause can be the difference between losing more hair or stopping it. With the AlopeciaDx testing, we have the technology, skill, and knowledge to help accurately diagnose factors leading to your hair thinning, shedding, and loss.
Every client is helped individually by thinning hair experts with programs designed to fit her individual needs. As your anti-aging and hair care improves, our hair loss experts in Nashville adjust your program accordingly based on the results we see and your feedback for the most effective results.
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Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system, which is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the structures from which hairs grow. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere.
In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches about the size of a quarter. In many cases, the disease does not extend beyond a few bare patches. In some people, hair loss is more extensive. Although uncommon, the disease can progress to cause total loss of hair on the scalp (referred to as alopecia areata totalis) or complete loss of hair on the scalp, face, and body (alopecia areata universalis).
Alopecia Totalis is an autoimmune disorder which effectively turns your own immune system against your hair follicles. It results in total hair loss on the scalp, and can affect eyebrows and eyelashes. Alopecia Totalis can affect nails as well as hair, causing them to become thin, brittle and ridged. Beyond hair loss, Alopecia Totalis has no physical side effects. It does not induce pain or sickness and the quality of life for sufferers is generally not affected, except by the psychological implications that accompany any form of hair loss. The condition is not contagious, but is thought to have a genetic influence, so there is an increased chance that sons and daughters could face the same issues.
Alopecia Universalis (AU) is a condition characterized by the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body. It is an advanced form of alopecia areata, a condition that causes round patches of hair loss. Although the exact cause of AU is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition in which an affected person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. Roughly 20% of affected people have a family member with alopecia, suggesting that genetic factors may contribute to the development of AU.
Most people with AU do not have other signs and symptoms, but some may experience a burning sensation or itching in affected areas. In some cases, AU can be associated with other conditions such as atopic dermatitis, thyroid disorders, and/or nail changes. Additional information.
As we discussed in our prior blog, “What is Alopecia Areata?”, September is Alopecia Awareness Month. Alopecia is a Latin term meaning “hair loss”, however there are four main types of alopecia: Androgenic Alopecia (AGA), Alopecia Areata (AA), Alopecia Totalis (AT), and Alopecia Universalis (AU). This month HPIHair Partners will dive into the differences between these four types of alopecia.