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Scarring Alopecia

Scarring alopecia is not a single problem, rather a group of disorders that may destroy the hair follicle. There are no certain causes that can define various kinds of scarring alopecias. However, inflammation in the upper part of the hair follicle, where the stem cells and sebaceous gland (oil gland) are located, is the most probable cause.Not only that, scarring alopecia replaces it with a scar tissue, that might cause permanent hair loss as well .Scarring alopecia is also known as cicatricial  alopecia.

How is scarring alopecia different from normal hair fall?

  • Itching: Itching is experienced in the scalp often by the persons who are suffering from scarring alopecia.
  • Pain: Pain is also sometimes an associated sign of this problem.
  • Burning: Burning is the most common sign of scarring alopecia.

Scarring alopecia destroys follicle , leaves  scar tissue , causes  permanent damage and  needs prompt treatment, unlike regular hairfall which is asymptomatic. There are different types of scarring alopecia- lichen Plano pilaus , discoid lupus, trichotillomania , folliculitis decalvans name a few. Diagnosis  would depend  on the clinical examination by an expert dermatologist . Few cases may require skin biopsy . 

Treatment varies depending  upon the diagnosis and is aimed at :

  1.  Stopping  further scarring.
  2.  Restoring  lost hair.

Treatment option include : corticosteroids in topical creams, anti malarial, retinoids, antibiotics, calcineurin inhibitor. Hair transplantation can be done in select cases to restore lost hair .           

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