Scarring Hair Loss

Scarring alopecia also known as cicatricial alopecia are a group of hair loss disorders which are typically caused by inflammation that results in destruction of the hair follicle leading to irreversible hair loss. If the condition is treated early in the course of the disease, it is sometimes possible to regrow hair.

These have various presentations:

  • Most forms of scarring alopecia first occur as small patches of hair loss that may expand with time.
  • In some cases the hair loss is gradual, without any symptoms, and may go unnoticed for a long time.
  • In other instances, the hair loss is associated with severe itching, burning, and pain.

The hair loss patches are bald, smooth and shiny, and pores are absent because of a complete loss of follicular openings.


Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment is key to the management of these disorders, with the aim at reducing symptoms and slowing disease progression. Unfortunately, treatment response is highly variable and unpredictable.

- Oral medications
- Intralesional Injections
- Topical anti-inflammatory creams
- Antibacterial creams.

This is an auto immune condition called alopecia areata…