– from Symptoms to Solutions
When it comes to hair loss it seems that people either don’t want to talk about it or they just want to focus on solutions. Getting a full head of hair can restore your confidence so treatment is definitely important but knowing the cause is essential too.
To help you understand hair loss, we’re going to zoom in on one specific hair loss type, Alopecia Areata, uncovering everything from symptoms to solutions.
An Autoimmune What?!
Let’s talk about the different types of autoimmune related hair loss conditions. Unlike the common Androgenetic Alopecia (a.k.a. Male Pattern Hair Loss), in which hair loss in induced by the male hormone dihydrotestosterone , hairloss caused by autoimmune disease is caused by our own body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles as it fails to differentiate between foreign invaders and normal healthy cells.
Know the Signs and Symptoms
Alopecia Areata is characterised by one or more patches of hair loss on the scalp. The patches are single or few, circumscribed, clearly defined, round or oval and vary in size. The skin of the patches is not inflamed: it is smooth, soft, pale and totally devoid of hairs but the openings of the follicles are present. Another form of Alopecia Areata is Ophiasis, which is loss of hair in the shape of a wave at the circumference of the head.
Apart from Alopecia Areata there are two, but much rarer, forms of autoimmune hair loss. Alopecia Totalis, which is the total loss of scalp hair, and Alopecia Universalis, which affects all hairs of the body.
Who Will Get Alopecia?
There are a variety of causes for this type of hair loss condition. Predisposing genetic factors, a cell-based autoimmune response, association with autoimmune diseases (e.g. vitiligo, thyroid disease), and external triggers (e.g. psychological problems, stress, etc) may all contribute to the development of the disease.
Can Alopecia Areata Be Treated?
Alopecia Areata is a chronic condition, and the pattern of development is erratic. Complete regrowth is possible. However, relapses are common and are often triggered by emotional stress.
There are effective treatments available at Bioscor International that can treat these autoimmune hair loss conditions. Our program involves a combination of clinically proven treatments and therapies. Contact the team at Bioscor International to book in for a no-obligation, consultation with one of our doctors.