Treatments For Alopecia Areata

Written by Liza Hartung
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Before I go into some potential treatments for Alopecia areata, let me first discuss what it is. Some people may have it and have no idea that this is the name, or that there even is a name. Alopecia areata is an immune disease that attacks hair follicles (where your hair grows). It is not necessarily hereditary. In fact, the causes are not known for sure.

Alopecia areata is characterized by patches of hair that fall out, generally in the size of quarters. In most cases, it does not extend past a few patches. However, there have been cases where a full head of hair is lost or even all the hair on the body. There are no treatments for Alopecia areata that work for certain. Some work for some people and others work for other people. If you catch this disease early, you are likely to have more luck stopping it.

Many people have never heard of this disease, yet it affects about four million Americans. It can be seen in men and women, all ages and all sexes. Most of the time it begins in childhood. There is no pain involved, but it certainly doesn't do anything wonderful for a person's self-esteem. Alopecia areata is not necessarily inherited, but one in five also has a family member with the disease.

Different Treatments for Alopecia Areata

There are all kinds of treatments for Alopecia areata that you can try. Some are topical and generally contain minoxidil. This is the ingredient that many basic hair loss treatments have. There are alternative treatments and experimental treatments. There are also treatments that suppress the immune system, but then you set yourself up for other diseases like the flu. It is best to consult your doctor if you suspect you have Alopecia areata.


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