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Alopecia Baldness Symtoms & Causes

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Understanding Alopecia Areata hair loss baldness and the treatments of bald man or bald woman with Alopecia is a start for every one who is afflicted with Alopecia hair loss.  We try to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions of alopecia sufferers. 

  • What causes of Alopecia hair loss bald man bald woman or a bald child?
  • Who is most likely to get Alopecia Areata?
  • Will my hair grow back?
  • How to live with Alopecia Areata baldness?
  • What treatments are used for Alopecia hair loss?
  • Where can I find more information on Alopecia Areata?

Is alopecia a life threatening illness?

Alopecia areata is a recurrent no scarring hair loss that can affect any hair-bearing area of the body. It may show up with many different patterns of hair loss. It is a progressive skin disease causing hair loss but it is not a life-threatening disease. Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body, according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. It does not cause any physical pain, and people with the condition are generally healthy otherwise.  Alopecia Areata hair loss affects the appearance and emotionally disturbing of self image. Alopecia hair loss can cause tremendous emotional and psychosocial stress.

Alopecia areata symptoms

The most common presentation of the disease is the appearance of 1 or many round-to-oval denuded patches, in other words, hair falls out in small, round patches. In many cases, the disease does not extend beyond a few bare patches. But for some people, hair loss is more extensive. The disease can cause total loss of hair on the head, referred to as alopecia Areata Totalis, or complete loss of hair on the head, face, and body, called alopecia Areata Universalis. 

What causes Alopecia hair loss?

Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system, which is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks its own body cells, or at our case it attacks the hair follicles, the root structure from which hair grow. The hair follicles become small and slow down new hair production. This causes hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere. In most cases the stem cells that supply the follicles with new cells are not targeted. Therefore there is possibility for the hair to re-grow at a later time. 
We still do not know exactly why some people may get afflicted with Alopecia baldness, but it maybe that a combination of genes may predispose some people to the disease, which result with bald areas. Some type of trigger in a person's environment may cause the autoimmune disease to attack the hair follicles and create bald men bald women or children.

Who is most likely to get Alopecia hair loss?

Alopecia Areata condition is common, affecting both men and women in approximately 1.7 percent of the world population overall. In the US there are more than 4.7 million men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds who are affected with alopecia hair loss. 
Genetic factors are likely to play an important role in determining susceptibility and disease severity. The risk of developing Alopecia Areata increases if a family member lost his first patch of hair before age 30. One in five people with the disease have a family member who already experienced Alopecia hair loss.  Alopecia Areata is not inherited from a parent. Alopecia areata often occurs in people whose family members have other autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, systemic lupus. People who have alopecia areata do not usually have other autoimmune diseases, but they do have a higher occurrence of thyroid disease, eczema, allergies, or asthma.

Will my hair ever grow back?

Alopecia areata is highly unpredictable. Your hair may or may not grow back. Some times it does grow back and for some it may also fall out again in a later time. For others there are only a few patches of hair loss, then the hair regrows, and the condition never recurs.  Those who lose all their hair, the possibility for full regrowth remains. Some people experience initial hair regrowth as white hair, with a gradual return of the original hair color. In most, the hair comes back the same color and texture as the original hair.

How to live with alopecia hair loss?

Protect yourself and use sunscreens for all exposed areas. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes from excessive sun, and dust if hair loss is evident on the eyebrows or eyelashes.  Use wigs to cover and protect the scalp from the sun. To cover your hair loss a wig or hairpiece can look natural and stylish. Living with hair loss can be hard, especially in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth and beauty.  Value yourself for who you are, not for how much hair you have. Talk with others who are dealing with Alopecia hair loss. Remember that you are not alone.

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