What Is Alopecia Totalis And Alopecia Universalis?

Alopecia totalis is a type of alopecia areata which results in total loss of hair all over the head including the eyebrows and eyelashes. Usually the entire head baldness takes place within six months from the attack of this condition. Normally alopecia totalis appears in two forms: one is reasonably sudden and complete hair loss of the head. The other is a slow type which develops as Alopecia areata or hair loss in patches then advances to total scalp hair loss. Actually alopecia totalis is an intermediate condition between Alopecia areata which causes patchy hair loss of the scalp; and Alopecia universalis, a condition in which the patient losses complete body hair.

Some Of The Causes Of Alopecia Totalis Include:

• The fundamental cause of alopecia totalis is the autoimmune disorder. As a result of an autoimmune disorder, this attacks your hair follicles and stops the nutrients required for hair growth.
• In many cases of alopecia totalis, the hair loss is worsened due to stress and mental depression.
• Genetic auto-immune condition is also considered as the cause of alopecia totalis. As it has an unknown trigger to damage the hair follicles and induce hair loss.

What Is Alopecia Universalis?

Alopecia universalis is a condition of alopecia areata which cause extensive hair loss on the head and body. An individual with alopecia universalis will characteristically lose the hair completely on the head, in the armpits, nose and all over the body. In spite of this uttermost level of hair loss on the head and body, people with alopecia universalis can still be healthy. In most of the cases of people with alopecia universalis; they are actually not in poor health. But, sometimes this condition may have tendency to cause some thyroid problems and a skin disorder called vitiligo.

Some researchers have found out that alopecia universalis is induced by a gene mutation and is a transmissible condition or hereditary. People with alopecia universalis are born with hair; however they start to lose their hair soon after the birth. This type of hair loss condition is highly rare, and the researches will then go on to find the exact cause and reason for this gene mutation. People with alopecia universalis will most likely not get hair loss for his entire lifespan. In some cases, the hair may regrow after a period of time. But the fact is, doctors and scientists are not able to predict who can experience the hair regrowth and when will it occurs.

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