Alopecia is a common health concern for both men and women. Androgenetic alopecia is a genetically determined disorder, and affected individuals usually have a typical patterned distribution of hair loss. Alopecia areata is a recurrent nonscarring type of hair loss that can affect any hair-bearing area. Clinically, alopecia areata can manifest in many different patterns. Additional common causes of alopecia include other genetic conditions, the use of certain medications, emotional or physical stress, thyroid disease, syphilis, and nutritional deficiencies.
Although medically benign, alopecia can cause emotional and psychosocial distress, leading to decreased patient quality of life.
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Cite this: William James. Fast Five Quiz: Hair Loss (Alopecia) - Medscape - Jun 27, 2023.