Alopecia means hair loss. There are many different types of alopecia, including androgenetic/hereditary alopecia, which affects both men and women; alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune condition causing sudden development of round smooth patches of hair loss; telogen effluvium, which is excess shedding of hair, often after childbirth or serious illness; and inflammatory alopecia, such as due to discoid lupus or lichen planopilaris.
The dermatologist will examine the affected areas, review laboratory findings, and perform a skin biopsy in some cases before outlining a customized treatment approach.
Learn more about alopecia. Philadelphia-area patients can contact Dr. Elizabeth Spiers' office to schedule an evaluation. Call (215) 230-4592.