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Fast Facts About Alopecia Areata

September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known facts associated with this disease.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body in extreme cases. Alopecia could be as isolated as hair loss in small patches on the top of the head, but can progress to total hair loss on the scalp and on other places on the body, too. In most cases of alopecia, people typically deal with scalp hair loss, though a number of men also deal with hair loss in their beards.

According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, more than 6.8 million people in the United States alone will suffer from Alopecia at some point in their lives.

Causes

Unfortunately, the exact causes of alopecia are unknown. According to WebMD, some scientists believe that a person’s genetic makeup determines their risk of developing severe hair loss. When a person is suffering from this disease, his or her major hair follicles typically remain alive, but move to a state of dormancy due to signals they receive from the body.

Treatment

Alopecia is treated with drugs that are used to stimulate hair growth. Anti-inflammatory drugs, or corticosteroids, can be given as injections or topically, and can increase hair production over time. Another option for treatment is other types of topical immunotherapy. This kind of treatment causes inflammation on the skin that can promote hair growth.

An important method of treatment that should be done concurrently with topical creams or medications is stress management. For people with recurring and new-onset alopecia, stress can be a trigger for the disease. Managing stress can help to reduce the effects. Hair by Janet can help by working with you to develop a hair replacement solution during flare ups that can allow you to retain your confidence and keep you less stressed about your appearance.

Onset

Initial alopecia onset usually begins in childhood, but each and every case of the autoimmune disease is unique. In many cases, hair will eventually grow back, though in some circumstances, conventional treatments are not effective.

Whether as a short-term or permanent solution, Hair by Janet can help you design a custom hair system perfect for your scalp and your needs. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the care and nurturing of hair, we can help you with a confidential and comprehensive appointment to discuss your unique situation. Whether you need a full replacement or just patches filled in, we are here to help. Call Hair by Janet today at 650-592-3691 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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