By Dr Raj Sidhu
Suffered by up to 2% of the world's population, Alopecia Areata is a disorder that occurs rapidly, and results in patches of hair loss to appear on the scalp. In most cases, its children and young adults suffering from Alopecia Areata, but we have also treated various cases affecting adult individuals just the same.
There are different types of Alopecia Areata, with the most common scenario being one or more patches of baldness appearing on the scalp, while general thinning of hair can also be experience throughout the crown. Alopecia Areata can also be experienced in men as patches of facial hair loss, at either the moustache or beard.
Amongst the Alopecia Areata cases we've received, we occasionally find conditions known as Alopecia Totalis where the client has lost all hair over the entire scalp. Even less frequent is a condition known as Alopecia Universalis which is the result of hair loss throughout the whole body including eyebrows, eyelashes and even pubic hair.
Contributing Factors to Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is a field of medicine that is yet to be fully discovered as the causes are still unknown. Evidence from scientific research shows that Alopecia Areata results from a breakdown within the persons immune system, where the body starts building antibodies.
These antibodies subsequently starts attacking it's own cells and skin tissue, and in the case of Alopecia Areata, the antibodies begin to attack the hair follicles on the scalp, and this results in the disruption of normal hair growth and causes a sudden loss of hair.
While operating our Clinic for over the last 25 years, we have come across nearly every case of hair loss in men, women and children. When it comes to Alopecia Areata, we find that there simply isn't just a single cause for the condition, but instead it's more a combination of various stresses on the persons immune system that leads to the production of anti-bodies and the resulting hair loss. The common contributing factors can be:
- Auto-Immune conditions
- Hereditary involvement
- Exposure to chemical poisoning
- Emotional stress or trauma
When it comes to Alopecia Areata, it appears to affect people all over the world. But in saying so, we seem to find a correlation between Alopecia Areata and other auto-immune diseases such as allergies, thyroid problems or rheumatoid arthritis. We find that some people are already suffering from these other disorders before developing Alopecia Areata.
It appears that people who are suffering from various auto-immune diseases has an immune system that is more vulnerable to malfunction. Because of this, adding further stresses to that immune system can lead to the visible problem of Alopecia Areata.
When it comes to Alopecia Areata, we find a lot of cases where other family members have already experienced having patchy hair loss in the past. As an example, our lastest patient with Alopecia Areata was a young girl whos father was also suffering from patchy hair loss at the same time. But with the father, he was suffering from patches of hair loss at the beard.
When Alopecia Areata within various family members appears to be quite common, it seems to be that a genetic predisposition may be a contributing cause.
Exposure to Chemical Poisoning
We typically find a colleration between Alopecia Areata and exposure to unintended chemical poisoning. As an example, the chemicals sprayed over farmland may over years of exposure have an impact on a persons immune system, and this may make them vulnerable to finding Alopecia Areata later on in life.
When dealing with patients that have Alopecia Areata, we take all measure to determine whether theres any contamination coming from their work or home environment that could have added to the cause of the Alopecia Areata.
Experience of Stress or Trauma
For a lot of our Alopecia Areata clients, they find that their patchy hair loss seemed to have been triggered by the experience of significant stress or even trauma. At the same time, these same clients typically find that their Alopecia Areata worsens or reoccurs with further experiences of excessive stress.
An example here would be a client we had who started experiencing her symptoms of Alopecia Areata literally 3 or 4 days following the death of her husband.
Fact is that everybody is affected by stressful situations at different times in their life. It appears though, that those who suffer from Alopecia Areata have an immune system that is more vulnerable to triggering anti-body activity due to stress.
Effective Treatment for Alopecia Areata
When it comes to treating Alopecia Areata, don't delay! The longer you wait, the more difficult it can become to getting back a full head of hair.
If you or a family member is suffering from Alopecia Areata, our Clinic has been providing men, women and children with a successful treatment for their Alopecia Areata for over 25 years.
We have been treating clients worldwide using our revolutionary Healthy Hair Tonic, a hair rejuvination formula made from 100% natural ingredients. While exhibiting zero side effects, the Healthy Hair Tonic revitalizes the hair follicles and helps to neutralize the imbalances under the scalp. This has allowed the patches of hair loss to grow back naturally.