AlopeciaMental health professionals recognize that hair loss, particularly severe hair loss, can cause psychological problems, including anxiety, depression and socialization issues. Alopecia is one of the primary causes of severe hair loss in both men and women. And while having this condition is distressing, you can find effective treatment and/or hair replacement methods.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which means your body attacks itself. With this disease, you can experience total hair loss on the scalp and on the body. In other cases, you may only suffer from small bald patches. In some instances, the hair grows back and falls out again later. Or, you may have your hair grow back for good.

Fortunately, effective treatments exist for alopecia areata, including corticosteroids, which is anti-inflammatory medication that can be injected or applied topically. This method sometimes takes a long time to work, however.

You may also try topical immunotherapy where chemicals are used to provoke an allergic reaction. Although your scalp will be itchy and possibly rashy, this reaction can stimulate hair growth.

Many alopecia sufferers get results by using over-the-counter products like minoxidil. In some users, this substance promotes hair growth, although the degree of regrowth varies widely.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is not a medical condition but is caused by constant strain on the hair follicles. When you wear tight ponytails, hair weaves, helmets or hats that constantly pull your hair in the same direction, it can permanently damage your follicles. Hair relaxers can also contribute to the problem. With this condition, you may notice a receding hairline on your forehead and around your ears as well as pimples or sores around your hairline.

Treatment for this condition may be as simple as changing your hairstyle and getting rid of your headgear. If your hair doesn’t regrow after making these changes, using hair growth products such as minoxidil might work. In some cases, anti-inflammatories prescribed by your doctor will solve the problem.

If your hair follicles have been severely scarred, you should consider a high-quality hairpiece or perhaps hair transplant surgery.

Final Note

Alopecia hair loss has a traumatic effect on its victims. Fortunately, you can find help by consulting your doctor and seeking out hair care specialists. You can battle your condition and have a good head of hair once more.

If you are experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss and would like to learn more about the different wig options available to you, please request a free private, confidential consultation with a trained Transitions professional hair loss specialist. To find a location near you click here.


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