When it comes to your hair, there is a wide range of issues that you might encounter that can leave you puzzled.
From dry scalp and dandruff to hair loss and thinning, you’ll wonder what is causing this?! Well, one common form of hair loss is alopecia areata. And it’s essential to pay attention to sure signs that might indicate that you’re suffering from it.
In this blog, we’ll discuss everything you need to know. From signs and types to what causes it and how to treat it....we’ve got you covered. What is Alopecia Areata?
First, let’s identify what the condition is. Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss when the body’s immune system attacks its hair follicles. This causes the follicles to become smaller and decreases hair production so that the hair growth might stop.
Hair loss due to alopecia areata has the appearance of patches, and you shouldn’t be alarmed if you see it happening all over different parts of your body. It is common for the hair to regrow on its own, and it may or may not fall out again. And it’s entirely normal for someone with alopecia areata to experience many reappearances of hair loss.
Due to the unpredictability of alopecia areata, it can be pretty frustrating to deal with, and it may be evident to others.
There are five well-recognized forms of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata patchy is the most common type where people experience one or more coin-sized hairless patches on the scalp or other body parts.
Alopecia totalis is complete hair loss on the scalp, and alopecia universalis occurs when there is the complete loss of hair on the scalp, face, and body.
Lastly, diffuse alopecia areata is the abrupt thinning of hair on the scalp, and ophiasis alopecia occurs when there is band-shaped hair loss around the sides and lower back of the scalp.
What are the Signs?
The most evident sign of alopecia areata is the hair loss on the head, but the condition can also cause changes to your nails or hair loss on other parts of the body.
The most common indicators of alopecia areata are:
Round or oval patches of hair loss on your scalp
Round or oval patches of hair loss in your beard
Loss of eyelashes
Hair loss all over your body
Red or brittle nails
What Causes Alopecia Areata?
There are a handful of factors that could contribute to developing alopecia areata. As mentioned earlier, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system attacks part of your body.
Genetic factors and people who suffer from asthma, thyroid diseases, down syndrome, hay fever, or pernicious anemia have a higher chance of experiencing alopecia areata.
Ultimately, there’s no proven scientific concept about igniting the immune system to attack healthy hair follicles. It could occur inside of the body from a virus or from outside of the body.
What Treatment Options are available?
Depending on the type of alopecia areata you have, your age, and hair loss level, many treatment options are available to interrupt the immune attack and invigorate the hair follicle.
Some will recommend Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride for treatment. While these have been historically popular hair loss drugs, it’s essential to research if these are the right products for you. Check out our blog on comparing the two products.
There are also other treatments and topical agents to consider; however, we recommend consulting with a doctor before doing so.
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