Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of hair. It occurs when your immune system accidentally attacks your hair follicles, although scientists to this day do not understand why. This disease affects almost 2% of the entire U.S. population and it happens more often to younger people, although anyone at any age and gender can be affected.
Alopecia is also cyclical, meaning hair can fall out and then regrow over time, and fall out again. Only a small percentage of people affected with alopecia may never regrow hair again, and that depends on a variety of cases, like family history, onset of the disease at a very early age, extreme hair loss, among other things. In some more extreme cases, loss of body hair may also occur. Please talk to a hair loss clinic to see if you may be susceptible to alopecia totalis.
The disease is diagnosed by a doctor through a series of questions inquiring about your family history and your own pattern of hair loss. A small physical examination may be required. If the diagnosis still remains unclear, then a blood or hair test may be employed.
While there is no cure yet for this disease, a number of people diagnosed with this have found inspirational ways to live a wonderful life. It’s understandable that a person losing their hair on and off again can be frustrating, and many people have reported feeling anger, loss and grief, among many others. But there are a variety of products, methods and hair replacement techniques to help those affected.
Rogaine and Propecia are the only drugs approved by the FDA for hair loss treatment. Surgical methods like hair grafting and hair transplants are available as well, but for those seeking non-surgical hair replacement methods in Los Angeles, come visit HRC. We are the only LA-based hair replacement clinic to offer virtual reality hair, a new, non-surgical hair replacement solution. No, it’s not a game! Read more about this innovative way men are treating their hair loss. Women can also learn more about Virtuesse, a care-free, high fashion, non-surgical wonder that is natural looking.