Alopecia Universalis (Total hair loss from the whole body)
What is Alopecia Universalis?
Alopecia Universalis is the most severe form of hair loss. It denudes the whole body of hair including eye lashes, eye brows, arms, legs, and other auxiliary hair.
It can affect any age and both males and females. It can be hereditary and is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that results in the attacking of the hair follicles as it sees them as an anti-body.
Alopecia is a condition that once in the body’s system/genes it can occur once or numerous times. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing.
Signs of Alopecia Universalis
• Total hair loss of the whole body
• Brittle, pitted or deformed nails
Possible Causes of Alopecia Universalis
• Autoimmune disorder
• Vitiligo (pigment discolouration patches)
There are many remedies offered for alopecia universalis although sufferers must be aware that there is no guarantee in curing this condition. Some people will regrow all of their hair whilst others may regrow some or none through treatment.
Often if the hair does regrow it can come back white and then slowly take on the pigment of the original colour. It is not known why this occurs.
Cortisone injections are an option but this can be very uncomfortable and often without results. Minoxidil, propecia, topical steroids and regaine are a few of the medications on offer. Some people have success with these options although it is important to know that if you choose any of these options you will need to stay on them for life to sustain the regrowth and no further loss. As stopping often results in the hair loss reoccurring and then a stronger dose is needed to gain results again.
Wigs are another option and these days can be very natural looking and be cut and styled to each individual.
Tattooing of the eyebrows is widely available now as are false eye lashes. Extra care needs to be taken if eyelashes and nasal hair are lost in order to prevent germs and bacteria entering the body.
At Hove Hair Clinic we offer a much more natural and relaxing treatment that involves intense stimulation to the follicles using massage, infrared lights and a selection of products prescribed for each individual to be used at home in between your in house treatments.
We have a good success rate and as with any condition, the earlier you treat it, the better the response.
Call us on 01273 711140 to book a consultation where we can assess and correctly diagnose your condition. We use a pro-scope camera to look closely at the follicles to assess their activity to give us a better idea of the success rate in your personal condition.