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What is Alopecia?

August 08, 2018 3 Comments

What is Alopecia?

Did you know statistics show alopecia effects more than 30 million women in the United States? This is a serious disease and many women do not even know they suffer from it. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, how to treat the disease, and how to cope with it. 

What Is Alopecia?

Alopecia is a disease that causes partial or total hair loss. Although this condition affects both men and women, it is most common among women. This condition occurs when your immune system begins to attack your hair follicle, resulting in a gradual loss of hair. Alopecia is characterized by sudden hair loss on the scalp or other parts of your body. More interestingly, the rate of hair loss varies from one person to the other.

At the moment, there isn’t any cure for alopecia; nonetheless, there are a number of treatment options that will help hair grow back more quickly while preventing future hair loss.

Symptoms Of Alopecia:

One of the common symptoms of this disease is partial or total hair loss on the scalp or other parts of the body. At first, you may notice clumps of hair on your pillow when you wake up or even when you’re in the shower taking your bath. When you’re suffering from alopecia, the rate of hair loss can be unpredictable and random; your hair may grow back and fall out again

Causes Of Alopecia:

Alopecia is caused by autoimmune disorders and develops when your immune system mistakes healthy body cells for foreign substances. Essentially, your immune system is meant to defend your body against foreign substances like viruses and bacteria. But when you have alopecia, the reverse is the case; your immune system begins to attack your hair follicle resulting in partial or total hair loss. While researchers still aren’t aware of the reasons why the immune system attacks hair follicles, studies have shown that alopecia is prone to occur among families with a history of autoimmune disorders like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. That’s not all; studies have also shown that environmental factors can cause alopecia in both men and women.

 How is Alopecia Diagnosed?

This condition can easily be diagnosed by a professional who will review your system and general health history. More so, by simply looking at the extent of hair loss and examining a hair sample under a microscope, doctors can determine if you’re suffering from alopecia or not. So, just in case you start noticing reoccurring hair loss, you may want to see a professional to get the help you need.

Can Alopecia Be Treated?

While there is currently no cure for alopecia, the condition can be managed and treated to prevent future hair loss or help hair grow back more quickly. Medication like minoxidil has been known to help stimulate hair growth in people suffering from aromatherapy. Other common treatment options include therapies, steroid injections, corticosteroid creams, and ointments. Alternative treatment options like aromatherapy, acupuncture, and herbal supplements have also proven to help treat alopecia

How To Cope With Alopecia:

Without mincing words, this condition can be emotionally challenging especially when alopecia sufferers experience total hair loss. For people who are overwhelmed by this condition, speaking with counselors and support groups will help you cope with the effects of this disease.  More so, you can absolutely use hair extensions to make up for your hair loss. This will no doubt give you confidence back.

 




3 Responses

Jill
Jill

February 07, 2019

My sister suffers from alopecia and I can tell it really takes a toll on her emotionally. I think she’s finally come to terms with it but it’s still hard for her some days. I might suggest she join a support group on Facebook or something so she can talk with others who are going through the same thing.

Denae
Denae

January 27, 2019

I don’t know what I would do without my hair if I’m being honest. Are there options for women who do have alopecia to get wigs or weaves? How would it stay on if there is nothing there to hold it in place?

Mandy
Mandy

October 31, 2018

I have never hurt of this condition.This article was really very informative.

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