September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, a chance to learn more about this autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss across the scalp and body. A condition that occurs in both men and women, it typically begins in childhood and progresses with age. Cyclical in nature, alopecia areata occurs when a person’s immune system attacks the hair follicles on their scalp. Hair usually begins falling out in patches and will begin to grow and fall back out unpredictably.
There are three different types of alopecia areata, diagnosed depending on where hair loss occurs. The most common form of this disease is called alopecia areata patchy and it occurs when the hair falls out in round, smooth patches. Alopecia areata totalis is the term used to describe hair loss across the entire scalp and alopecia areata universalis is hair loss across the entire head and body.
Get involved and help the National Alopecia Areata Foundation raise awareness and find a cure for this disease. Check out their new SeeUs campaign to learn the stories of individuals battling autoimmune diseases. With events going on throughout the country this month there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. From baseball games to 5K’s there is an activity for everyone. Check out this month’s schedule here.
While there is no cure for this disease, there are treatments available. Hair loss is a difficult experience that can make individuals feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. For those suffering from alopecia areata in the San Fransico Bay area of California, contact Hair by Janet to schedule a consultation or appointment to find a hair replacement option that works for you. With a variety of partial and full wigs available, we are happy to help you regain your confidence with the right hair piece. Contact us at today at 650-592-3691 to get started.