Alopecia Areata (patchy hair loss)
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata is recognised by hair loss resulting in small to large patches of baldness on the scalp or the beard.
It can occur at any age and in both men and women.
It is an auto immune disorder which results in the body seeing the follicles as an anti-body and attacking them.
Signs of Alopecia Areata
Often people don’t notice the first signs of Alopecia Areata themselves but a friend, partner or hairdresser might be the one to tell them first as the areas are often hidden.
It is distinctive in that it presents itself as a small bald patch. There can be one or many areas affected.
It can occur in sufferers once or numerous times. The hair loss can sometimes re-grow itself but also if left there is a chance that the areas will become larger and can then become the more advanced condition, Alopecia Totalis.
The underlying scalp is often unaffected and healthy looking. Occasionally it can look slightly red and some sufferers complain of a slight burning, itching, irritated or tingling sensation.
A trichologist will be able to tell you at consultation if the areas are still active by looking closely at the scalp through a pro-scope camera and seeing if there are any signs of ‘ exclamation marks’ (broken hairs that look just like an exclamation mark).
Nails can also be affected by giving them a pitted look or causing them to be brittle.
As a result of any form of Alopecia, the sufferer can become stressed, self-conscious and/or depressed. All of these can unfortunately make the condition worse but saying that, once they have engaged in the correct treatment all of these feelings soon go as they have taken control of the alopecia and they soon see new hair re-growing which helps the recovery immensely.
Unfortunately once you have suffered with any form of alopecia it is in your genes and can reoccur at any time although some sufferers only suffer one bout.
Possible Causes of Alopecia Areata
• Autoimmune disorder
• Vitiligo (patches of lighter skin)
• Thyroid disease
Sometimes, if left, the hair will re-grow itself although it must be known that this isn’t always the case and the areas can become larger if left untreated.
There are many non-natural medications/options available like steroid injections (which can be very uncomfortable and often without results). Minoxidil, regaine and propecia are all topical and tablet form treatments which some people see results from, although it is advisable to know that if you choose any of these options you will need to continue use forever to sustain the growth. As stopping often results in the hair loss reoccurring and then a stronger dose is needed to gain results again.
At Hove Hair Clinic we have a very high success rate with our natural approach that involves intense stimulation to the follicles. Our treatments not only produce amazing results in both hair growth and condition but they are very relaxing. Each client is sent home with an individual prescription of products to use at home in-between their in house treatments.
As with any condition, the earlier it is correctly diagnosed and treated the better and quicker the results.
Call us on 01273 711140 to book a consultation and take control of your alopecia today.