Hair Falling Out – Could I Have Alopecia?
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Why is My Hair Falling Out?
Alopecia areata is a disease of unknown origin characterized by non-inflamed hair that keeps falling out resulting in bald patches in the scalp hair and beard. It is recurrent but is usually of short duration.
The affliction can affect women, men and children and usually involves losing hair in circular patches. Considered to be an Autonomic Nervous System disorder, it can be triggered by many varied factors but is most often associated with anxiety and stress.
What Can I do to Stop Hair falling Out?
It has been suggested that the disorder could be genetic and that it is caused by an inability to take up certain amino acids from the diet whenever under high levels of stress. The signs of alopecia are usually circular patches of hair fall measuring approximately 4cm in diameter, often occurring rapidly, occasionally overlapping, and even occurring within completely different areas.
Unusually, it has been noted to be more common in dark haired people, but is indiscriminate when it comes to racial origin. It does however affect children and young people more severely. There doesn’t appear to be any other illness associated with alopecia, and there aren’t any other obvious symptoms.
Hair Falling Out Treatments
One specific treatment method of stopping the hair from falling out is with steroids, which can be applied both externally and/or injected into the bald patches. This will sometimes result in hair growth, although in many instances it can often just start falling out again once the treatment stops.
Other therapies involving stimulation can often be successful in stopping the hair from falling out, nevertheless, it’s important to note that this problem is often self-rectifying with the hair usually resuming normal growth again once the cause of the stress problem is overcome.