ALOPECIA – SYMPTOMS

 

I. Alopecia areata

  • Onset is usually sudden and the course of the disease is slow and may vary from person to person.
  • Presence of round or oval, circumscribed patches of baldness (usually centimeter or two in diameter) with no signs of inflammation, scarring or degeneration.
  • Affected skin is shiny and slightly thin and hair pores are visible
  • Small hair (2-3 mm) maybe seen in the form of exclamation mark at the margins.
  • Usually resolves on its own but in some cases the hair may not grow back.

 

II. Traction alopecia

  • Hair line on forehead is irregular and receding.
  • Skin surrounding the stumps of hair is slightly red (erythema).
  • Treatment consists of avoiding traction.

 

III. Alopecia steatoides

  • Dandruff like scaling from the scalp with moderate itching.
  • Slow and progressive loss of hair from vertex (i.e. on top of the head) and temples.
  • Presence of short poorly formed hair.

symptoms

Loss of Hair 

 

IV. Idiopathic premature alopecia (Masculine alopecia)

  • Onset is gradual (slow).
  • Hair loss is symmetrical.
  • Starts with a receding hair margin and with widening of the forehead. Later on other areas of the scalp may also be affected.
  • Lusterless, thinned out hair.

 

V. Androgenic alopecia in women

  • Increased spacing between hair or general thinning of hair overall.
  • mild to moderate hair loss at the crown (i.e. on top of the head) or the hairline.

 

VI. Senile alopecia

  • Symmetrical thinning or loss of hair.
  • Vertex (i.e. on top of the head), frontal area of head and even the back of the scalp (occiput) may be involved.
  • Degenerative changes that take place with old age can be seen in the skin.

 

VII. Primary cicatrical alopecia

  • Onset is gradual (slow).
  • Characterized by ill-defined, round or oval areas of hair loss.
  • Skin appears white, shining, shriveled or scarred with no sign of inflammation.
  • Cicatrical (scarred) alopecia patches appear like footprints in the snow across the scalp.

According to homeopathy all the above mentioned symptoms are common symptoms of the disease (i.e. they will be present in all cases of alopecia). Therefore, in order to bring about cure it is important to find the characteristic or unique symptoms (which includes temperament, personality or any other unique feature) in every case of alopecia. This helps to individualize every case and thus help in selection of the best suited medicine (similimum) for the case.