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What is Alopecia  Alopecia means 'loss of hair' or 'baldness'.   Alopecia is a type of hair loss that typically causes patches of baldness, although in some cases , can cause complete hair loss on the entire body.  Alopecia Areata is when hair loss occurs in patches on the scalp.   Alopecia Totalis is when complete scalp hair loss occurs and Alopecia Universalis is when total body hair loss occurs.    Alopecia Cicatricial is a rare type of Alopecia that destroys the hair follicle permanently.  In many cases the hair regrows, typically after several months.   At present, there is no known cure for any form of Alopecia, although there are various treatments available to help promote hair re-growth. The exact number of people affected by Alopecia is not known.  It can occur at any age and has been reported that most cases first develop in teenagers and children.  Males and females are equally affected. What Causes Alopecia Areata ?   Alopecia is thought to be an auto-immune disease.  The immune system makes white blood cells (lymphocytes) and antibodies to attack bacteria, viruses and other 'germs'.  If you have an auto-immune disease, your immune system mistakes part or parts of your body as being 'foreign'.  In  people with Alopecia, white blood cells gather around the affected hair roots (follicles) and attacks them causing the hair loss to begin. The affected hair follicles though, in most cases, are not destroyed.  Through time and in some cases with the aid of treatments, normal hair growth can occur again if the immune reaction goes and the situation returns to normal. It is not known why alopecia or other auto-immune diseases, such as Allergies or Eczema occur.  It is thought that something triggers the immune system to react against the body's own tissues.  Possible triggers include ; viruses, infections, medicines or other environmental factors.  There is also an inherited factor which is believed to make some people more prone to auto-immune diseases.  
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Treatment Options for Alopecia Areata

Not treating is a very common option as Alopecia Areata is a very unpredictable condtion.  In many cases bald patches

regrow by themselves without treatment.  In particular, if there is only one or two small bald patches then many doctors

would advise that you simply leave it alone at first.  This is sometimes called watchful waiting’.

If the hair loss is not too bad then there is a good chance that the hair will regrow after several months although this does

not usually start within three months of hair loss.  A change in hair style may perhaps conceal one or two small bald

patches.  If the hair loss is more extreme, then the decision on whether to treat can be reconsidered but even with extensive

hair loss there is still a chance that hair will regrow without treatment. 

 Alopecia Areata itself wont damage your general health andso not treating will not lead to any general health problems.

When deciding on whether to treat or not, you should take into account the possible side-effects that sometimes can occur. 

Also, treatment to promote hair to regrow does not affect or ‘cure ‘ the underlying causes of the condition.

There is not enough evidence to say how effective complementary treatments are in treating Alopecia Areata, for example

acupuncture, aromatherapy etc.

Other treatments available include: steroid injections, steroid creams or gels, Minoxidill Solution, combination of topical

steroid and Minoxidill Solution, topical immunotherapy, Dithranol, wigs,  UV Light Therapy or Phototherapy, Ciclosporin,

Dermatography or Counselling.

Please note all information provided in this article is for information only and should not

under any circumstances be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. All

reasonable care has been taken when compiling the information but make warranty as to its

accuracy. Consulting a doctor or other health care professional is essential for accurate

diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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SOCIAL
What is Alopecia  Alopecia means 'loss of hair' or 'baldness'.   Alopecia is a type of hair loss that typically causes patches of baldness, although in some cases , can cause complete hair loss on the entire body.  Alopecia Areata is when hair loss occurs in patches on the scalp.   Alopecia Totalis is when complete scalp hair loss occurs and Alopecia Universalis is when total body hair loss occurs.    Alopecia Cicatricial is a rare type of Alopecia that destroys the hair follicle permanently.  In many cases the hair regrows, typically after several months.   At present, there is no known cure for any form of Alopecia, although there are various treatments available to help promote hair re- growth. The exact number of people affected by Alopecia is not known.  It can occur at any age and has been reported that most cases first develop in teenagers and children.  Males and females are equally affected. What Causes Alopecia Areata ?   Alopecia is thought to be an auto- immune disease.  The immune system makes white blood cells (lymphocytes) and antibodies to attack bacteria, viruses and other 'germs'.  If you have an auto-immune disease, your immune system mistakes part or parts of your body as being 'foreign'.  In  people with Alopecia, white blood cells gather around the affected hair roots (follicles) and attacks them causing the hair loss to begin. The affected hair follicles though, in most cases, are not destroyed.  Through time and in some cases with the aid of treatments, normal hair growth can occur again if the immune reaction goes and the situation returns to normal. It is not known why alopecia or other auto-immune diseases, such as Allergies or Eczema occur.  It is thought that something triggers the immune system to react against the body's own tissues.  Possible triggers include ; viruses, infections, medicines or other environmental factors.  There is also an inherited factor which is believed to make some people more prone to auto-immune diseases.  

TREATMENTS

Treatment Options for Alopecia

Areata

Not treating is a very common option as

Alopecia Areata is a very unpredictable

condtion.  In many cases bald patches

regrow by themselves without treatment. 

In particular, if there is only one or two

small bald patches then many doctors

would advise that you simply leave it

alone at first.  This is sometimes called

‘watchful waiting’.

If the hair loss is not too bad then there is

a good chance that the hair will regrow

after several months although this does

not usually start within three months of

hair loss.  A change in hair style may

perhaps conceal one or two small bald

patches.  If the hair loss is more extreme,

then the decision on whether to treat can

be reconsidered but even with extensive

hair loss there is still a chance that hair

will regrow without treatment. 

 Alopecia Areata itself wont damage your

general health andso not treating will not

lead to any general health problems.

When deciding on whether to treat or

not, you should take into account the

possible side-effects that sometimes can

occur.  Also, treatment to promote hair to

regrow does not affect or ‘cure ‘ the

underlying causes of the condition.

There is not enough evidence to say how

effective complementary treatments are

in treating Alopecia Areata, for example

acupuncture, aromatherapy etc.

Other treatments available include:

steroid injections, steroid creams or gels,

Minoxidill Solution, combination of

topical steroid and Minoxidill Solution,

topical immunotherapy, Dithranol, wigs, 

UV Light Therapy or Phototherapy,

Ciclosporin, Dermatography or

Counselling.

Please note all information provided in

this article is for information only and

should not under any circumstances be

used for the diagnosis or treatment of

medical conditions. All reasonable care

has been taken when compiling the

information but make warranty as to its

accuracy. Consulting a doctor or other

health care professional is essential for

accurate diagnosis and treatment of

medical conditions 

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