…..I would like to start a discussion of hair loss in women. This is a common condition for many women. By age 50, 50% of women will suffer from this problem. Another term for significant hair loss is alopecia, and affected women can suffer great anxiety and stress.
…..There are two types of alopecia: scarring and non-scarring. Scarring alopecia can be found in discoid lupus erythematosus and other conditions. The scar formation destroys the hair follicle, thus causing the hair loss. These patients should see a dermatologic specialist as soon as possible. On the other hand, in non-scarring alopecia, the hair follicles are not permanently destroyed, and so the hair loss may be reversible.