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Dermatologists Can Help Women Win the Fight Against Common Forms of Hair Loss
Date:3/4/2010

While hair loss stemming from hyperandrogenism can be treated with minoxidil, Dr. Mercurio said that the course of treatment will depend on what other conditions are involved and how they are being treated.

Cicatricial Alopecia: Preventing Further Hair Loss is Key

Also known as scarring alopecia, cicatricial alopecia is a form of hair loss in women and men marked by scarring of the scalp where the source of the hair follicle is destroyed. Unlike other forms of hair loss, cicatricial alopecia results in scattered patches of hair loss and is usually associated with redness and irritation on the scalp. While there is no known pattern for why this type of hair loss affects some women, it often occurs when patients have either lupus, an immune system disorder, or lichen planus, an inflammatory skin disease.

"Unfortunately, with this type of hair loss there is no potential for the affected hair to grow back," said Dr. Mercurio. "The goal with treatment is to catch the condition as early as possible to prevent further hair loss."

Dr. Mercurio added that inflammation can be reduced with topical,
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