The Facts About Traction Alopecia

Hair Loss Due To Traction Alopecia

It is not strange in this day and age to find teenagers getting hair transplanting procedures done as a result of loss of hair. In most of these cases the cause of hair loss is due to continued tension or pulling of hair, eventually leading to damage of the hair follicles. This condition is technically referred to as traction alopecia and it occurs commonly with in people who have tightly braided hair or any other hairstyle that causes tension on the hair. This condition occurs more in younger people than older individuals.

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This condition is reversible in most cases however if it goes untreated for a long period of time, it could unfortunately lead to permanent damage. The loss of hair mostly occurs in the temporal and frontal areas of the scalp, however, the extent of hair loss also depends on the type of hairstyle that a person has.  In some cases traction alopecia can occur as a result of the excessive use of chemical hair treatment.  The prolonged excessive use of hair straighteners, dyes and bleaches could disrupt the make up of the hair follicles leading to considerable hair loss.

The best way of dealing with this condition is to detect it as early as possible. In addition, any hairstyles which cause unnecessary tension on the hair roots should be changed or loosened. If a person notices any unwarranted hair loss then it would be advisable to seek the services of a qualified dermatologist who will be able to establish whether it is caused by alopecia or not. It is unfortunate that until now there is not yet any medical remedy for the later stages of this condition though hair grafts have been noted as the most practical solution.

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There are instances when this condition is sometimes confused with dermatitis, dandruff or eczema; however, all these ailments are distinctly different.  Research has shown that the amount of people with this condition continues to rise and this is mainly due to unawareness.  Creating sufficient awareness about this problem is the most effective way of reducing the number of cases.