Why Do People Have Alopecia Areata?
Anyone can have alopecia areata; it is not gender- or age specific. Most of the time alopecia areata begins in childhood. The chance of having the alopecia areata condition increases if you have a close family member with the disease.
Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair—especially on the scalp—either in patches (alopecia areata), on the entire head (alopecia totalis), or over the entire body (alopecia universalis).
What Causes Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease; normally the immune system protects the body against infection and disease. In an autoimmune disease, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks some parts of the body. In the case of alopecia areata, the immune system attacks the hair follicles therefore causing hair loss.
The actual cause is not known. Scientists think that a person's genes may play a role. For people whose genes put them at risk for the disease, some type of trigger starts the attack on the hair follicles. The triggers may be a virus or something in the person's environment.
Will My Hair Ever Grow Back?
There is every chance that your hair will grow back, but it can fall out again. The disease varies from person to person. We have seen people who grow some of their hair back but not all of it. The best solution is to purchase accessories and or natural wigs that can resemble or match the person's desired look.
How Is Alopecia Areata Treated?
For now, there is no cure for alopecia areata or treatments that can do away with the disease. If you are experiencing alopecia areata, we suggest you speak with your doctor and search for an alternative solution in hair replacement so that you don't have to live without hair. In some cases, people may choose not to do anything about their hair loss, but if you do want to do something about it then you need to know that you have many options.