Hair loss in infants, children and adolescents is an altogether different problem from that of the adults. Alopecia may appear from birth or appear in the very first months of life. There are a number of causes which can result in alopecia in children.
- Growth disorders and hereditary ailments
- Burns, wounds
- Microbial inflammations
- Lupus, scleroderma etc.
Hair loss during adolescence, and particularly for boys 18 to 24 is a very frequent occurrence and is mainly due to the presence of an enzyme in the hair follicle. The presence of the particular enzyme is genetically regulated and inherited by both parents. The result is that the scalp hair falls faster than normal, the new hair coming out thinner and the final result being a little fuzz or even nothing. There are significant therapeutic choices nowadays both for the prevention of alopecia as well as its effective treatment.