I sometimes hear people use the term Alopecia as it is used only for Alopecia Arreata or spot balding when in reality Alopecia can be used to describe almost any type of hair loss or balding.

Alopecia is a Greek word used for hair loss from the head (or body), we often talk about Andogenic Alopecia which is used for male pattern balding, Alopecia Arreata or spot balding as mentioned here above Alopecia totalis is used for complete balding of the head, then we have traction Alopecia which is excessive pulling of the hair, this can either be caused by aggressive hair styles or mental disorder.  These are the main forms of Alopecia but as you can see the word can be used to describe almost any type of hair loss so further explaination is required if someone says he suffers from Alopecia.

Its interesting to see how Androgenetic Alopecia or male pattern balding doesn’t affect the hair on the back or sides of the head, this is due to the follicles in this area bot being vulnerable to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which is considered the main culprit in male pattern balding.

 

The definition and use of the word Alopecia