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About Alopecia Areata

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The Hairmedic alopecia areata clinics' are located in ten cities throughout the UK so whether you are suffering from alopecia areata, traction alopecia or sciatrical alopecia professional advice will be near by.

The exact cause of Alopecia Areata is presently not known, although it is generally agreed that it is a disease of the autoimmune system. In addition it is believed to be a genetic component in some cases and some studies have shown a link with stress.

In Alopecia, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person's own immune system (white blood cells), possibly due to chemicals called cytokines, resulting in the arrest of the anagen (hair growth) stage and a move to the telogen (resting) phase where the hairs are then abruptly shed.

Alopecia Areata could be linked to genetic factors, this is supported by the fact that in 10% to 20% of the cases the patient's family reported a family history of this disease.

Unfortunately there is not yet any reliable cure for Alopecia Areata. Luckily the hair usually grows back slowly by itself. Sometimes the new hair may regrow grey or white, but after a while the original colour usually returns.

Injecting a cortisone medicine into the scalp, known as an 'intralesional steroid injection' is successful in the majority of patients, but the regrowth occurs only in the area that has been injected. There is no way of preventing new areas of hair loss. However if they appear, regrowth can be helped by further injections.

Many other treatments have been introduced for Alopecia Areata, but the results are variable - no one has yet devised anything that works for everyone. Some lotions applied to the scalp do seem to result in temporary improvement in some people, but the hair falls out again as soon as they are stopped. Medicines which are often tried include topical steroids, minoxidil, and irritants such as dithranol. The most successful treatment to date has been immunotherapy.

Steroid pills, or a special form of ultraviolet light treatment (PUVA), are sometimes worthwhile, but may result in side effects.

Some people need professional counselling to come to terms with the disorder, regain self-confidence and live full, productive lives.

We understand that hair and scalp disorders can be traumatic and can have a severe affect on a person’s well-being, which in turn affects the patient’s health in general, after all hair is well documented as the barometer of health. Our alopecia areata clinics provide a service encompassing both the medical and cosmetic issues relating to scalp and hair health. Each clinic is dedicated to providing expert advice and treatment for all types of hair loss and scalp problems, to cosmetic damage. Call now on 0330 660 0648 to book your appointment.

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