Alopecia Areata

Condition

Alopecia Areata is hair loss that appears in patches on the scalp, but can appear anywhere on the body.

Cause

Alopecia areata is caused by a problem with the body’s immune system, it mistakenly attacks the hair follicle, arrests the anagen,(growing phase of hair), the hair moves to telogen, (resting phase of hair growth), the hair is then shed quickly leaving the bald patches.  Some peoples’ genes can make them more susceptible to alopecia areata, 10% - 20% of cases report a family history of the condition. Alopecia areata can occur at any age, although it's more common in people aged 15-29. It affects one or two people in every 1,000 in the UK.

Treatment

The first step in any hair loss condition is an accurate diagnosis, from here a plan can be formed in order to achieve an outcome that you are comfortable with. In many cases of alopecia areata the hair will grow back in a few months.  At first, the hair may grow back fine and white, but over time should thicken and regain its normal colour.  Sometimes alopecia areata will spread and develop into either alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis. Alopecia areata does not have any one reliable cure, however there are treatments that can be given with varying degrees of success.

At UK Hair Specialists we understand that hair and scalp disorders can be difficult to come to terms with. The hair on your head is a defining part of your identity and any form of hair loss can feel as if your are losing your identity resulting in loss of self-confidence and can in many cases lead to depression.

Having a consultation with a definitive diagnosis is often the first step on the road to understanding and dealing with your hair loss.

All our consultations are in complete confidence and we can discuss the many options available to you.

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