Causes and Treatment of Alopecia – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

Causes and Treatment of Alopecia – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

Causes and treatment of alopecia

Posted 12:36 pm Monday, November 7, 2022

A friend of mine recently asked me what I knew about alopecia and asked if I would mind doing some research and writing an article about it. I am happy to write about topics that are important to my readers. The following article is what I learned about alopecia while researching the topic.

Alopeciaalso know as alopecia areata, is a chronic skin disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s hair follicles causing hair loss. Usually noticeable suddenly Hair loss about him scalp, beard, and sometimes eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair. It can also be described as bald spots or bald patches. One of the strange aspects of this disease is that the irregular patch Hair loss it is very unpredictable. Hair growth can return to normal at any time and then suddenly fall out again. The affected areas show no signs of inflammation or other reasons for hair loss, which makes it a frustrating experience to deal with, as there are treatments but no cure.

Alopecia affects men, women, and ethnic groups alike, but occurs most often in younger people in their late teens to early thirties, although onset can begin at any age. People with certain autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis, thyroid disease, or vitiligo, are more likely than the general population to develop alopecia areata, as are people with allergic conditions, such as hay fever. Even emotional stress or illness have been known to trigger the disease.

There is some good news. Hair tends to regrow on its own more completely in people with less extensive hair loss, a later age of onset, no nail changes such as ridges or bumps, and no family history of the disease.

Symptoms usually begin with the sudden loss of round or oval patches of hair on the scalp. Other possible causes include improper washing, drying and styling, physical stress such as high fever, surgery, a major illness, sudden weight loss or pregnancy, certain hairstyles such as a ponytail, braids or cornrows; even some hair care products can cause some hair loss. Diets and poor nutrition, declining estrogen levels, some cancer treatments, and of course family genetics.

Treatments include the use of prescription topical steroids that must be continued for at least three to six months to stimulate hair growth. Another option includes steroid injections into the top layer of the scalp, but both are recommended for slow-onset alopecia areata and not the more aggressive type of the disease.

Minoxidil, known as Rogaine, and other topical scalp treatments are available, and it can take about 8 weeks for new hair growth to appear. Once successful hair growth begins, use of these medications must be maintained, or hair loss will reoccur. As with all medications, there can be unwanted side effects that can vary from user to user.

the truth is that youThere is no cure for alopecia and the available treatments are mostly ineffective or have a very low response rate. The goal of most treatments is to block the immune response or stimulate hair growth. Even with treatment, hair may fall out again when treatment is stopped.

If you have a particular topic you’d like me to investigate for a future article, please email me. While I cannot promise that I will be able to accommodate all requests, I will do my best to keep things interesting for everyone.

Ron Kauffman is a consultant and expert speaker on issues related to aging. He can be reached by phone at (828) 696-9799 or by email at:

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