What is Areata Alopecia?
By Jen Carter
Alopecia Areata is the name given to a condition where round bald spots
appear on your skin and scalp. The hair loss is very sudden and quite
often drastic. Alopecia is a disorder that causes a patientís immune cells
to attack their own hair-growing tissue for unknown reasons. Usually a
trigger is needed to start the process (often in the form of a virus)
There are three basic stages of Alopecia Areata:
1. Sudden hair loss. The patient will notice a bald spot. Which may appear
minimal at first.
2. The bald area will enlarge; hair loss will increase in the immediate
area of sighted balding.
3. New hair will grow in place of the lost hair. This process is different
for everyone. Hair may start growing in a matter of weeks, months,
sometimes more than one year. Nevertheless, itís very rare that hair does
not grow back.
Not Just the Scalp
Patients who start losing hair from their body (including eyebrows and
eyelashes) are very frightened. They have every reason to feel this way.
Alopecia Areata acts in such a way that itís very unnatural. But these
patients are not alone in their experiences. Most patients do not realize
that the symptoms that theyíre experiencing are all attributes of
AlopeciaĖa temporary condition.
While many patients blame stress, medication, and poor diet; there is not
any clinical proof that these claims coincide with the balding disorder.
Unfortunately, doctors do not know why a patientís immune cells turn on
the body and cause this condition. Despite this lack of information,
studies do show that Alopecia Areata commonly occurs in patients whose
family members have had the condition. Alopecia Areata is not contagious.
While patience is an important asset with this condition, your physician
may suggest cortisone shots (which promote and stimulate hair growth).
Although Cortisone shots have been very successful with Alopecia patients,
these shots are very painful. The average patient who opts for this
treatment receives twenty to thirty shots into each patch, once per month.
This treatment is only effective for the immediate area that has been
injected. It does not assist hair growth in other bald areas.
Unfortunately, doctors can not predict if this treatment will work for
you. There are no guaranteed results. A prescription cortisone cream is
another solution, which can be applied to the bald area. Cortisone cream
is not painful and can be applied easily in the privacy of your home.
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About the Author
Jen Carter is staff writer for Inhairit - a website featuring a unique
hair loss treatment. For more hair care tips and articles, visit