In most cases with Alopecia areata, hair falls out in small round patches about the size of a coin. This is caused by an attack on the immune system which is there to protect the body from viruses and diseases which attacks the hair follices which in turn leads to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere.
Alopecia areata – What Causes It?
Now for the science, in alopecia areata, the white blood cells attack the rapidly growing cells in the hair follicles making them small which drastically slows down hair production. But all is not lost as the stem cells that supply the new cells don’t seem to get targeted so there is always the potential to grow this hair back. This type of alopecia effects around 2% of the population in both male and female with any ethnic background.
Having a close member of the family with alopecia areata can increase the likelihood of you developing the disease as 1 in five people with the disease has a family member who is suffering as well.
The disease does not cause any physical pain and most people are generally healthy otherwise. However like most diseases that affect someone’s physical appearance, has an effect on someone’s socially and emotionally are often considered a serious matter.
Alopecia areata – Will My Hair Ever Grow Back?
In almost all cases there is every chance that your hair will grow back this can happen with or without treatment. Some people can continue to lose and regrow hair. Even in those who lose all their hair, the possibility hair grows back the same colour and texture remains.
How Is It Treated?
Those who believe they are suffering from should consult a qualified healthcare professional such as a trichologist. They will advise on what treatment or combination of treatments may work best for you. Treatments vary on how long it will take before you see results. With this in mind the disease has varied effects on everyday life particularly for children and there parents, teens, and young adults.
It is not contagious, and people who have the disease are generally healthy otherwise which apart from some stigma that remains out there it should not interfere with playing, going to school, sports, pursuing any career, working, marrying or raising a family.
The emotional aspects of living with hair loss, however, can be challenging but most people with alopecia areata are contented people living full lives. For those of you not sure on how to cope contact us today where we can advise on anything from a wig or hairpiece, a hair-coloured powder or cream.