Signs and Symptoms of Hair Disorders

There are many types of hair disorders that are faced by large number of people across the globe and below given are the signs and symptoms of the major disorders:

signs and symptoms of hair disorders


Alopecia is described as loss of hair or thinning of your hair. Alopecia is a hair disorder in which your hair starts to fall in small patches. This disorder doesn’t cause any kind of pain or itchiness to your scalp but it reduces the hair density and prevents the hair from growing back to its normal condition.


Alopecia is known to be an autoimmune disease which is believed to be transferred genetically. The main symptom of alopecia is sudden loss of hair in small patches, thereby resulting in dry and messy scalp. The two broad categories of alopecia are alopecia totalis – hair loss occurring in head regions and alopecia universalis – complete hair loss or baldness.


This is another kind of hair disorder that occurs in women. In this, excessive hair growth takes place in different areas of a women’s body, such as mustaches and beard, thereby creating a “male pattern”. Women generally have faded or light growth in these areas but heavy and visible growth results in a condition called Hirsutism.


A women can notice growth of hair in and around her chin area, upper lips, side burn area, around the nipples or near the lower abdomen. This disorder mostly takes place after the age of puberty and is known to be a hormonal disease.


Also known as a hair pulling disorder, this refers to repeated pulling out your hair from the scalp, eyebrows and other body regions. The main sign of trichotillomania is that a person experiences a sense of relief after the hair is being pulled out. Another common sign of this disorder is chewing or biting of the pulled-out hair. Playing, stretching, breaking or rubbing it across your lips or face is another factor supporting trichotillomania hair disorder.


For some people, hair pulling can be focused, meaning that they intentionally pull out their hair to get stress free. For some, hair pulling disorder is automatic, meaning that while they watch TV or are reading, they pull their hair unintentionally. Trichotillomania is known to be a chronic disease and should be taken seriously. In women, one of the most common reasons for this disorder is hormonal imbalances after menstruation cycles.


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