Given that there is no known treatment for Alopecia in women, there is still much work to be done, and the hunt for treatment appears to be an ongoing process. Therefore, the bare minimum we can do to express our support for the cause and the affected individuals is to commit an entire month to raise awareness of Alopecia. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation recognizes September as National Alopecia Awareness Month (NAAF). It’s a perfect time to gain knowledge about the issue, spread Alopecia awareness, organize fundraising events, keep up with new R&D and treatments, etc. Many organic hair products are also available nowadays to treat alopecia or any kind of hair diseases.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes your hair to fall out in clumps the size of quarters. People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities can be affected by alopecia areata. When you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy body cells, mistaking them for dangerous foreign invaders. While alopecia flare-ups cause hair loss, the hair follicles themselves are unharmed. This indicates that your natural hair can grow back. So, can Alopecia go away? The answer is ” Affirmative.”
Types of Alopecia in females
Alopecia areata is the umbrella term used for various Alopecia types. The severity of each of these kinds might vary from minor to extreme.
- One or more coin-sized (often round or oval) patches on the scalp or other body parts are the hallmark of alopecia areata (patchy). This kind can progress to Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis.
- Alopecia totalis causes total hair baldness.
- Alopecia Universalis: The hair loss occurs across the entire scalp, the face, the rest of the body, the eyebrows, and even the eyelashes.
- Diffuse alopecia areata produces rapid, unexpected hair thinning all over the scalp. It might be challenging to tell this form of hair loss apart from others, such as telogen effluvium or male or female pattern hair loss.
- Ophiasis alopecia areata features band-like patches on the sides and lower back of the head (referred to as the occipital region). Ophiasis alopecia areata could be more challenging to control since it responds to medication more slowly.
What are the causes of Alopecia?
It is unclear whether these triggers originate inside the body (from a virus or bacteria), outside the body (something in your environment), or both.
Alopecia Lupus, a complication of lupus, can make the scalp hair along your hairline brittle and prone to breaking off. Anyone can get Alopecia, although your risk of alopecia areata is a little higher if you have a family member with the disorder. Alopecia areata is also more common in people with a family history of autoimmune conditions such as thyroid illness, vitiligo, diabetes, or lupus. Therefore, it would appear that genetics play a role in alopecia areata.
So, if you’re wondering, can Alopecia be caused by stress, the answer is yes but most of the most recent study suggests a hereditary cause.
How to Treat Alopecia?
There is currently no treatment for Alopecia, but there is no reason to worry. Natural hair can grow back. Various options for Alopecia treatment for women are available depending on the type of alopecia areata you have, your age, and the severity of your hair loss.
THE MANAGEMENT OF MILD SYMPTOMS
- The most popular treatment involves injecting corticosteroids with a small needle into the exposed skin regions. Additionally, many dosages and formulations of corticosteroids are also available for topical use.
- Applying a 5% topical minoxidil solution once or twice daily is another popular way to promote hair growth.
- Anthralin can be applied once a day to the hairless spots and is often wiped off shortly after (usually 30-60 minutes later).
FOR SEVERE ALOPECIA, ALOPECIA TOTALIS & UNIVERSALIS SYMPTOMS
Sometimes, doctors recommend oral corticosteroids for severe scalp hair loss to manage the symptoms and encourage hair growth.
Topical Immunotherapy: Chemicals such as diphencyprone (DPCP), dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB), or squaric acid dibutyl ester (SADBE), when applied to the scalp, results in an allergic rash (allergic contact dermatitis) that resembles poison oak or ivy, altering the immune response.
Immunomodulatory medications are a novel approach to treating alopecia areata currently under study. These medications were first approved for treating rheumatoid arthritis and a few blood disorders. They are currently only available as an oral medication, and the FDA has not yet approved them to treat Alopecia areata.
As frightening as it may sound, alopecia areata isn’t usually a serious medical condition, but it can cause a lot of anxiety and emotional distress. Many women get intimidated by Alopecia from stress.
Through our holistic hair consultation, TLP provides a platform for treating women suffering from various types of hair loss. We believe in delving deep into the root cause through in-depth analysis, educating our clients, customizing a holistic treatment plan based on their needs, and providing the necessary emotional support to women suffering from Alopecia. To schedule an appointment for a hair consultation with our founder Paula Bland, visit our website at www.theloveofpeople.com.
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