Hair loss and noticeable baldness can be upsetting for anyone, but it can be especially traumatic if you are a woman. One form of hair loss that affects women with the same frequency as men is called alopecia areata. While the causes for this condition are not always easy to discern, there are treatment options available.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin condition where the body’s own defenses attack hair follicles, causing hair loss. Most of the time, hair falls out in a circular pattern (“areata” means round). It usually occurs on the scalp, but can affect other areas of the body, too. The condition is more likely to begin in childhood, but can occur any time in life. What causes it?
There is not one single cause of alopecia areata. Instead, it is thought to be brought on by a number of factors. There is a genetic component, but there is not one gene responsible. Instead, it is a “polygenic” condition influenced by multiple genes inherited from both the mother and father. Because heredity is complex and not the sole factor in alopecia areata, it is not commonly passed from a parent to a child.
The onset of hair loss due to alopecia areata can sometimes be attributed to severe stress. There may be other environmental factors, including the possibility where a virus or chemical exposure can catalyze the disease, as well as some prescription medications. Although not a rare condition, not much is known about the underlying causes.
Treatments for alopecia areata can be hit or miss, but there are some that have shown positive results. Injected corticosteroids may counteract the body’s immune response locally and stimulate growth. Fortunately, hair grows back within a year for most people. Because the hair follicles remain alive even after hair loss, hair could grow back at any time. Consulting with a professional to find the best treatment option is important, because each individual can be affected differently.
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