What are the different types of female alopecia?
The first four variations of seven are the most common:
1. Diffuse Alopecia Areata
This is when hair loss is found over the entirety of the scalp.
2. Areata Monolocularis
Limited to one area on the scalp.
3. Aeata Multiocularis
Found on several different areas of the scalp.
Found in “waves” around the circumference of the scalp.
5. Areata Barbae
Loss of hair limited to simply the face and neck region.
6. Alopecia Totalis
A total loss of hair to the scalp region.
7. Alopecia Universalis
A total loss of hair including all body hair.
Symptoms of hair loss are similar in both males and females however, the treatment for alopecia may vary. Minoxodil is the most widely used and topical medication with a recommended concentration of just 2% for women. Initially used as a hypertension drug, it was soon discovered that excessive hair growth was a side affect. Administration of Minoxidil will show successful results in around 25% of women.