There is a bit of terror associated with the sight of losing your hair. And if you’re losing your hair in clumps and patches – double the terror. A disorder that causes this type of hair loss is called alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune skin disorder in which your body mistakenly attacks your hair follicles.
Alopecia areata may range from moderate to severe – from a few patches to numerous patches that result in the complete loss of hair on the scalp. Alopecia often develops so suddenly that it may surprise you.
This hair-loss condition can affect virtually anyone, even younger people. You can get alopecia even while in high school. Let’s talk about what may cause this condition of hair loss.
What Causes Alopecia?
Many medical researchers believe that alopecia areata may be caused by medication or stress, but there is still no definitively known cause of the condition. Doctors have noticed that it has a strong genetic component, so people with someone in their family (blood-related) who suffers from alopecia areata are more likely to suffer from it too.
Alopecia occurs when your body mistakenly attacks and interrupts your hair follicles. Normally, your immune system would attack only foreign invaders; but with an autoimmune disease such as alopecia areata, your body attacks its own healthy cells.
In the case of alopecia areata, your healthy hair follicles are continually attacked. This constant attack on the hair follicles can damage the follicles, although it usually does not cause permanent damage. The hair may still grow but then fall out right afterward, resulting in bald spots and uneven patches of hair.
Other than the disorder running in families, people with autoimmune conditions – such as hyperthyroidism and vitiligo – are also vulnerable to alopecia.
Will My Hair Grow Back if I Have Alopecia?
People with alopecia areata who have a few patches of hair loss are in a better position to make a full recovery than those with an extreme case of alopecia. The only way to know for sure is to consult a hair doctor for an evaluation and treatment options that are available to you.
There is currently no known cure for alopecia. However, hair doctors who specialize in hair restoration and hair transplants offer effective solutions for hair loss. If you’re not interested in hair transplant surgery, the doctor can offer noninvasive and minimally invasive solutions to help boost your hair growth.
Hair Restoration Doctor in Colts Neck and Brick, NJ
If hair loss from alopecia is causing you to lose confidence in your appearance, we have solutions for you. At Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey, our goal is to restore your hair to a youthful thickness so that you leave our clinic with a renewed sense of self. We utilize the most revolutionary solutions for hair restoration and hair transplant surgery, including robotic hair transplants.
For a consultation, call our team at Iorio Hair Restoration today at (732) 780-9191 or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to helping you love the way you look!