If you have recently noticed patches of hair falling out you could be dealing with a case of alopecia areata. Now thatâ€™s a pretty â€™scientificâ€™ name so lets clear up exactly what it means.
Alopecia areatea (AA) is a condition that causes hair loss from areas of the body (mostly the scalp). It causes bald spots on the scalp and is sometimes called spot baldness. In a small number of cases (1%-2%) it can spread all over the scalp or over the entire body.
The condition is not contagious and occurs more often in people who have family members that have experienced alopecia causing some researchers to believe it is hereditary. It is thought to be brought on by an autoimmune disorder that causes your own body to attack your hair follicles.
Symptoms include hair falling out in small patches in just about any shape but most usually round. The area where hair is falling out may tingle or be slightly painful. Sometimes small hairs with thin bases and thick tops grow from the scalp in the shape of an exclamation point nicknamed â€˜Exclamation Point Hairsâ€™.
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One way to test to see if you have alopecia is to do the pull test.
- Gently pull on some hair along the edge of a thinning patch
- Do not pull hard enough to â€˜rip outâ€™ normal hair, giving more of a slight tug
- If hair pulls out easily, you may be suffering from Alopecia
There are treatments that can stop hair falling out due to Alopecia in both men and women. You can not stop the thinning effects of alopecia and experience new hair growth. This is accomplished by replenishing the hair follicle with necessary vitamins and nutrients, returning them to a natural healthy state and allowing the to grow new hair.
Minoxidil is the only FDA approved hair loss treatment available and can be found in a hair loss treatment like Procerin, which i used successfully to treat my own case of Alopecia areata. The treatment combines a vitamin filled topical ointment that is applied to the scalp daily (morning and evening) and powerful dietary supplements that work together to restore hair follicles to working order.
Treatment can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks with most cases experiencing a major reduction of hair loss in just weeks and new hair growth in 2-3 months.