What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that can affect any area of the body. It is a progressive autoimmune skin disease that causes hair to fall out in small bald patches. The immune system targets the body cells of the hair follicles resulting in hair falling out.
The most common symptoms are the appearance of 1 or many round-to-oval patches. But for some, hair loss is more extensive. The disease can cause total hair loss on the head, face, and body.
Alopecia Areata condition is common, affecting men, women, and children in approximately 1.7 percent of the world population overall — people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds affected by alopecia areata baldness.
The risk of developing Alopecia Areata increases if a family member has already experienced Alopecia hair loss. Also, it often occurs in people whose family members have other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, or lupus.
This autoimmune disease is highly unpredictable. The hair may or may not grow back. Sometimes it does grow back and may also fall out again at a later time. For others, there are only a few patches of hair loss, then the hair regrows, and the condition never recurs.
Indeed, appearance and self-image are affected by emotional and psychosocial stress.
- Who is most likely to get Alopecia Areata?
- Will my hair grow back?
- What are the treatments used today?
- Where can I find more information on Alopecia Areata?
- Is it a life-threatening illness?
Coping & Treatment of Alopecia Areata
There’s no cure for alopecia areata, but there are treatments that you can that may slow down future hair loss or help hair regrow back. Medical treatments include steroid injections to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Doctors use several medications; the most known are Minoxidil (Rogaine) topical products. Laser light therapy is also used to promote hair growth and stop the hair from falling.
Protect yourself and use sunscreens for all exposed areas. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes from the excessive sun and dust if hair loss is evident on the eyebrows or eyelashes. Cosmetic alternatives, such as hair replacements, hairpieces, or wigs, can help cover and protect the scalp from the sun. A wig or hairpiece can look natural and stylish. Living with hair loss can be challenging, especially in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth and beauty. Talk with others who are dealing with hair loss. Remember that you are not alone.
Nu Hair of Texas offers the MEP-90 laser treatments. Studies done with the MEP-90 and approved by the FDA have been proven in clinical studies to promote measurable new hair growth for Androgenetic Alopecia. It may help in your case, especially if your hair starts growing out again. The laser treatment helps healthy hair growth.
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