How to diagnose Alopecia

Many diseases have the side effect of partial hair loss; thus, a qualified physician should evaluate patients presenting complaints before a diagnosis can be made.

A genetic test has been developed as a result of isolating the genes responsible for the disease. This test can predict with great accuracy the future severity of the condition, as well as indicating if the condition will progress to Alopecia Totalis, meaning permanent hair loss on the scalp, or Alopecia Universalis, total hair loss involving both the scalp and body.

Physicians may choose to conduct a trichoscopic procedure, in which the affected skin and hairs are magnified anywhere from 10 to 70 percent of their normal appearance. This magnification aids in correctly diagnosing telltale signs of the disease in the epidermal layer.

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