Effect Of Alopecia Areata
There is no
scarring or physical pain associated with the condition, and the affected hair
follicles are not destroyed. Often as one patch is regrowing another patch is
appearing. Apart from the bald patches the scalp usually has a healthy
there may be a slight redness, and a mild burning or itching feeling. The size
of the bald patches and the time they last are variable.
condition can be embarrassing and very upsetting. The stress, especially on
young boys, unable to hide the condition because of short hair, is severe.
found the suicide rate among these young sufferers higher than would be
expected. This is especially tragic, considering the disease affects the
appearance rather than physical health.
For Alopecia Areata
are only one or two small bald patches, no treatment is the common option. Bald
patches in mild cases often regrow hair in a matter of months. When less than
half of the scalp Is affected, doctors’ advice is usually to wait and see
of hair regrowth within one year, without treatment, for this group is 8 out of
10. One or more recurrences of alopecia areata is common for sufferers. This is
the case even if full regrowth of hair occurs after the first episode.
complete baldness is the result of autoimmune disease, it is called alopecia
areata totalis. When the same condition causes the loss of all head hair, together
with all body hair, it is called alopecia areata universalis. These types of
hair loss tend to be long lasting, even permanent.
with the uncertainty of this disease there is no way of predicting if the hair
loss will be temporary or permanent. Regardless of how much hair is lost,
follicles remain alive. Hair regrowth may occur, after many years, even without
Causes Alopecia Areata
do not know what the trigger is that causes autoimmune disease to start and stop,
or why the immune system suddenly disrupts
the normal functioning of the hair follicles.
that heredity plays a part, but is not the only answer. Studies show there is a
loose genetic correlation and that 20% of people with this condition have a
close family member with the disease.
also suggests that viruses, infections, medicines and environmental factors are
all possible causes. Stress is also believed to have an impact.
keep searching for the elusive trigger. Its discovery will allow sufferers to
avoid relapses. However no dietary or lifestyle modification has yet been
treatments do not turn alopecia areata off. Although they stimulate the hair
follicles and produce hair again, treatments need to be continued until the
disease turns itself off.