Can alopecia be misdiagnosed?
Misdiagnosis of alopecia areata occurs very commonly due to the common clini- cal presentation between this disease and other diffuse alopecia types such as telo- gen effluvium and androgenic alopecia (Zhao et al. 2012).
What can mimic androgenetic alopecia?
Common conditions that mimic androgenetic alopecia include thyroid disease, iron deficiency anemia, and malnutrition.
How do you rule out androgenic alopecia?
The diagnosis is usually based on a thorough history and a focused physical examination. In some patients, selected laboratory tests or punch biopsy may be necessary. Topically administered minoxidil is labeled for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women.
How can you tell the difference between androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium?
True androgenetic alopecia has less density on the top middle and front of the scalp compared to the back of the scalp. At least for males, true balding is a patterned hair loss. In telogen effluvium, the density is reduced equally all over the scalp.
What can be mistaken for alopecia areata?
Asthma, hay fever, atopic dermatitis, thyroid disease, vitiligo, or Down syndrome: Research shows that people who have one of these diseases are more likely to get alopecia areata.
Can female pattern hair loss be misdiagnosed?
Not all women get a regrowth. Studies suggest that Rogaine is more effective for men, a finding that again suggests to Drake that many women are misdiagnosed with genetic-pattern hair loss.
How do I know if I have androgenetic alopecia?
Signs of androgenetic alopecia include the following:
- Gradual onset.
- Increased hair shedding.
- Transition in the involved areas from large, thick, pigmented terminal hairs to thinner, shorter, indeterminate hairs and finally to short, wispy, nonpigmented vellus hairs.
How do you know if you have androgenic alopecia?
Symptoms of androgenetic alopecia
They each have a characteristic pattern of hair loss: Male pattern hair loss: Hair loss starts above the temples. The whole hairline recedes into an “M” shape. Hair at the top of the head also thins.
What triggers androgenic alopecia?
The primary culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which comes from testosterone. DHT attacks your hair follicles, causing your hair to fall out and stop growing. Men typically have more testosterone than women, which may explain why baldness is more common among men.
Can androgenic alopecia be stopped?
No, there is no cure for androgenetic alopecia. However, the progression of this condition in both men and women tends to be very slow, spanning several years to decades. An earlier age of onset may predict a quicker rate of progression.
Can androgenetic alopecia be cured naturally?
In addition to standard medical treatments, there are natural options you can try for androgenetic alopecia natural treatment. “Vitamins which contain saw palmetto, biotin, and other botanicals can help affect the hair growth pathways,” Robin Evans, MD, and dermatologist tells WebMD Connect to Care.