Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease where the immune system incorrectly targets the hair follicles. Most people suffering from Alopecia Areata will notice coin shaped areas of hair loss. For some the condition can progress to Alopecia Totalis where there is a loss of all of the hair on the scalp.
Alopecia Areata can be treated with steroid injections, topical treatments and immunosuppressive medications. Usually, hair transplantation is not a treatment option for those suffering from Alopecia Areata as the immune system attacks the transplanted hair in the same way. Alopecia areata does not directly make people sick, nor is it contagious. It can, however, be difficult to adapt to emotionally. For many people, alopecia areata is a traumatic disease that warrants treatment addressing the emotional aspect of hair loss, as well as the hair loss itself.
There is currently no cure for alopecia areata, although there are some forms of treatment that can be suggested by doctors to help hair re-grow more quickly.
ALOPECIA AREATA TOTALIS
means you’ve lost all the hair on your head.
ALOPECIA AREATA UNIVERSALIS
is the loss of hair over your entire body.
DIFFUSE ALOPECIA AREATA
is a sudden thinning of your hair rather than lost patches.
OPHIASIS ALOPECIA AREATA
causes hair loss in a band shape around the sides and back of your head.
The main and often the only symptom of alopecia is hair loss. You may notice:
Hair loss is a frustrating problem for millions of men and women. Factors such as diet, stress, and medications can lead to hair loss but genes can also play an important role in male pattern baldness.
The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Contact us now to get free consultation from our Hair Transplant Specialist Doctor.