Baldness - Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is the name for a condition in which round patches of hair loss appear suddenly. The hair-growing tissue is attacked by the patient's own immune cells for unknown reasons. There are three stages: first, there is sudden hair loss, then the patches of hair loss enlarge, and last, new hair grows back. This process takes months, sometimes more than a year, but rarely does the hair never grow back.
Alopecia Areata is identified by the presence of small patches over the scalp. It normally starts with a patch the size of a 10p piece followed by other patches.
These patches take on a pinky colour with stubbly bits of hair around the edges that look like exclamation marks. This gives the impression of new hair growing through, but unfortunately it is hair that has broken off and the exclamation marks will eventually come away making the patches larger. This means the Alopecia is still active.
Due to the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, our eating habits have altered accordingly. Nowadays, it's eating on the move, which we are all guilty of. No time to cook healthy meals. Take aways and microwavable meals are favourite for speed, which is fine - but can lack nutritional needs. We need to be looking at eating more raw vegetables and fresh fruit to obtain the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need to sustain good health and well-being.
The key to the successful treatment of Alopecia depends on two key areas, composition of the blood and blood flow.
Remember, each hair's follicle is a living organism and needs to be looked after in the same way as any other part of the body.
An holistic approach is needed to obtain optimum scalp and hair care. The problem needs to be approached not only topically, but via the blood supply.
- We do not know why the immune cells attack the hair-growing tissue.
- Alopecia areata is not contagious, not caused by foods, and is not the result of nervousness.
- Alopecia areata sometimes runs in families.
- Cortisone injections often stimulate hair regrowth. Twenty to thirty injections per patch are required once a month. The injections are uncomfortable. Cortisone injections only work in the areas that have been injected; the injections do not prevent new areas of hair loss. It generally takes one to two months after the injection before hair growth is visible.
- Some patients do not respond to any treatment. We cannot predict which patients will respond to treatment.
- Cortisone creams are also sometimes beneficial in the treatment of alopecia areata.