Cicatricial Alopecia Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Information

What is Cicatricial Alopecia? (Definition)

(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Cicatricial alopecia (also called scarring alopecia) refers to a group of rare disorders that destroy hair follicles. The follicles are replaced with scar tissue, which result in permanent hair loss. There are two forms of cicatricial alopecia. In the primary form, the hair follicle is the target of the destructive process. In the secondary form, the hair follicle is an innocent bystander, destroyed by another cause. This can be a severe burn, an infection, radiation, or a tumor.

The cause of cicatricial alopecia is not well understood. What is known is that redness, heat, pain, or swelling occurs at the upper part of the hair follicle.


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