Alopecia, often referred as male pattern baldness, is an autoimmune disorder that causes significant hair loss in both males and females. You may have alopecia if you are starting to find quarter-sized clumps of hair falling out and bald patches around your scalp. Males will usually see signs of thinning hair at the top of their head, whereas females will notice hair thinning more at their hairline. Other signs include brittle nails and frequent hair loss during cold weather. Some of the most common types of alopecia are:

  • Alopecia areata totalis: when you no longer have any hair left on your head
  • Alopecia areata universalis: loss of hair over your entire body
  • Diffuse alopecia areata: unexpected thinning of your hair
  • Ophiasis alopecia areata: major hair loss in random spots around your head

Alopecia (male pattern baldness) is usually the result of genetics, allergies, issues with thyroid, Down syndrome and other conditions. With a visit with Dr. Layne Hermansen, he can prescribe medication depending on the type of alopecia you have to help lessen hair loss. You may also try wearing a wig or hairpieces to cover up any bald spots you have.

If you have struggled with hair loss, please contact us today at 801-542-7111 to schedule an appointment at My Family Doctor with our friendly doctor in Draper, Utah.

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