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Traction Alopecia
By Dermatology Institute of North Texas
Jan 30, 2004, 13:09

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Loss of hair at all of the scalp margins is called Traction Alopecia and is a problem to all races of people. Traction Alopecia is characterized by a gradually developing, patchy hair loss that results from the long-term affects of prolonged traction on the hair. It mainly is caused by tight braiding, cornrow braiding, pigtails, ponytails, wearing curlers at night, or other hairstyling techniques that cause prolonged traction on the hair.

TRACTION ALOPECIA is not unique to blacks, and has been reported in many geographic areas and among a variety of peoples. The disorder is more common among America black, however, because of certain hairdressing customs.

The only treatment of TRACTION ALOPECIA is to prevent the condition from occurring. It is important that the hairstyle be changed, and whatever is being done to the hair to cause traction must be stopped. If this is done early enough, there is a good chance the hair will regrow in these areas. However, if the traction persists for months or years, many times a permanent ALOPECIA of the scalp will occur.

This condition is not an infectious disease, and does not represent any lack of vitamins or nutrients in the diet.

This article is provided by Dermatology Institute of North Texas




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