Alopecia Areata

alopecia areataAlopecia Areata ( AA ) – A highly unpredictable autoimmune skin disease that results in hair loss with bald spots or bald patches. Here are a few factors that you should consider.

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First Signs – Alopecia Areata tends to start with one circular bald spot about the size of a 50p. This can literally appear over night.

Single Bald Spot – may grow back without treatment. However, due to its unpredictability, further patches may appear. It may also be the case that a single spot can spread considerably.

Multiple Bald Patches – two or more bald spots may regrow without treatment. Sadly though, in many cases these patches will join hence the potential for further loss.

How bad can it get? – Alopecia Areata can lead to total scalp hair loss (Alopecia Totalis) or total scalp hair and body loss ( Alopecia Universalis ). If it gets to either totalis or universalis it is highly unlikely to grow back.

Do I need Treatment? – this is the million dollar question. Alopecia Areata can grow back without treatment. The difficulty with dealing with AA is that it doesn’t follow a normal trend. Every patient is different. Severity varies greatly. Time is of the essence.

The question I would ask yourself is are you a gambler? – I ask this because each and everyone of us has approx. 2-3 months of hair waiting to fall. This is quite normal. In cases of Alopecia Areata this time scale is the same however, you can never be sure how badly alopecia areata will affect you and for how long. Every day it affects you will result in hair loss 2-3 months later. The gamble is whether you wait and see if the hair regrows or do you treat it and potentially stop it getting worse?  

How do I know its getting worse – this is where we come in. A Trichologist who is a hair loss specialist will be able to advise on a probable prognosis upon examination.

Consultation – We are able to conduct a consultation over the phone or by visiting the clinic. It takes about 10-20 minutes and its free.

Our treatment – We have treated thousands of patients over the years very successfully for Alopecia Areata and other hair loss and scalp diseases. We will show you how we treat at consultation if required.

A highly unpredictable autoimmune skin disease which causes hair loss with bald patches. Alopecia Areata presents as small circumscribed  bald patches which may multiply, expand or coalesce. Lesions may exhibit a characteristic stubble and pink or spongy skin. In severe cases this can result in total scalp hair loss (Alopecia Totalis) or total body hair loss (Alopecia Universalis). It shows no affiliation to gender. Research suggests the disease may affect up to 2% of the population.

In most cases stress which affects us all in different ways in every aspect of our working day has an effect and the body’s ability to heal itself. Waking up each morning and seeing hair on the pillow can be very upsetting and will in most cases hinder the recovery process.

puedo peladeSimilar Conditions – Although Alopecia Areata is a common hair loss disease, there are other conditions that present similar symptoms some of which lead to permanent hair loss. Do you know which one of the above images is Alopecia Areata? If you are suffering from hair loss with bald patches on the scalp or body you should seek professional advice at the earliest opportunity. Self diagnosis should not be attempted.

Common treatments from GP’s –  I often get told from patients that they have been advised by their GP’s that there is nothing that can be done about Alopecia Areata. Some have been given steroids and bottles of shampoo. Steroid injections is another potential treatment via the NHS. Unfortunately, waiting to see a dermatologist and then going through the ordeal of injections directly into the scalp with potential side effects and limited success in my view is not the way to deal with this condition.

alopecia areataWhat are the Causes of Alopecia Areata? –  The breakdown of the autoimmune system, physical trauma which can vary in severity, injury or wounding, shock and in some cases severe fright, genetic factors may well be a factor as well as psychological stress.

Is there Treatment for Alopecia Areata? –  Alopecia Areata in simple terms refers to a condition where the body attacks itself creating a barrier that prevents the hair follicle producing a consistent hair shaft. So the correct question would be is there a method of treatment that will prevent the body attacking itself?

The simple answer is yes by creating an effect that causes the body to react taking its thought process away from attacking itself, returning the hair production back to that of the norm. This is done by a variety of stimulation effects which cause a subtle aggravation to the skin. This is a tried and tested method that has been used throughout 50 years of practice. We are highly trained professional Trichologists registered with the Trichological Society. We know how to deal with such ailments.

Our services –  We provide advice and treatment for Alopecia Areata. If you would like further advice on Alopecia Areata or any other hair or scalp condition please contact our help line (left of page). Our on-call trichologist will be pleased to assist. A consultation can be arranged using the helpline number as well.

Remember, when dealing with alopecia, treating the cause is very important. What is the cause? well at consultation we would be best placed to tell you. We are trained Trichologists. Experts in hair loss and scalp disease. We will be more than happy to assist. We only offer treatment for those patients that we know we can help. The consultation is free. What have you got to loose.