Alopecia is one of the most common forms of hair loss. It impacts 2% of the world’s population and is not contagious. It is believed that alopecia is an autoimmune disease where an individual’s immune system attacks their hair follicles.
There are numerous types of alopecia meaning the specific type will determine the course of treatment. Therefore, it’s important to meet with your dermatologist to accurately diagnose your specific type and get on the right treatment plan.
Seborrheic dermatitis, also called dandruff, is an inflammatory disorder of the scalp and other skin creases such as arms, legs, breasts, etc. This condition causes redness, itching and flaking, and can generally be treated with topical medications and/or shampoos. While the cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown, there are factors such as yeast, genes, stress, and cold weather that seem to be involved. However, it is very clear that it is not caused by not being properly cleaned or having an allergy.
It’s important to meet with your dermatologist to find the best and most effective form of treatment for your specific case.