Madarosis results in the loss of hair from the eyelashes or eyebrows. It can affect one or both sides of the face and complete or partial hair loss. The condition has two classifications: scarring and non-scarring. Typically, scarring means there is significant damage to the internal hair structures, and the hair loss may be irreversible. Many conditions and issues can cause madarosis.
Usually, the symptoms of madarosis are purely cosmetic. Loss of hair from the eyelash and eyebrow regions is the most common sign. Generally, any additional symptoms originate from the underlying condition causing madarosis. Some people develop additional symptoms such as redness and itching. Many of the underlying conditions also cause hair loss in other areas of the body, such as the scalp. If madarosis is the result of a thyroid condition, a person could also experience weight gain.
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