Treatments For Alopecia

Written by Liza Hartung
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Anyone who has suffered the effects of Alopecia areata is probably wondering if there are any treatments for Alopecia areata. Well, as of now, there is no permanent cure for this. Anything you do to stop it now may cease to work in the future. This does not mean, however, that you should not try treatments. Many people who catch it early enough have seen wonderful changes in their disease. Even those who do not catch it until later can see good results.

It is even possible with this disease to see spontaneous re-growth. For those of you who are unaware of what this disease is, exactly, I'll tell you. You may have a thinning hair problem and have heard the term "Alopecia areata," but not known if it was what you had. Alopecia areata is an immune disease where the immune system, which is supposed to fend off foreign substances like bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks hair follicles.

This disease is not necessarily inherited, but one out of every five people who has this also has an infected family member. What happens with Alopecia areata is that a person loses hair in small, round patches about the size of a quarter. Generally, it does not go beyond a few patches. However, there have been cases of total loss of hair on the head and even total loss of body hair. Treatments for Alopecia areata vary.

Treatments for Alopecia Areata

While there is no permanent cure for this disease, there are a large number of treatments. One of the treatments uses the same medicine that many basic hair loss products use. This is the ingredient minoxidil. In this treatment, you rub lotion on your scalp every day. There are other treatments for Alopecia that are experimental. There are alternative treatments and holistic treatments. Consult your doctor in discussing which one may be best for you.


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