Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss. In the majority of cases, hair falls out in a round patch, the size of a coin. For most people, hair loss is nothing more than a few patches, though in some cases it can be more extreme. Alopecia areata does not directly make people sick, nor is it contagious. It can, however, be difficult to adapt emotionally.
Sometimes, alopecia areata can lead to the complete loss of hair on the scalp (alopecia totalis) or in extreme cases, the entire body (alopecia universalis).
People with alopecia areata who have only a few patches of hair loss often experience a spontaneous, full recovery.
There is no cure to get rid of alopecia areata. Though there is certainly treatment that can be suggested by doctors to halt the problem and help hair regrow more quickly.
The most common form of alopecia areata treatment is the use of corticosteroids, a powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can suppress the immune system. These are commonly administered through local injections, topical ointment application or even prescribed orally.
There are also other treatments that can be prescribed to those diagnosed with this type of hair loss, these may help with the regrowth of hair but not as prevention to formation of new bald patches.
If you suspect that you have this type of hair loss, please speak to Doctors about it.
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