Alopecia Hair Loss- Answers To Frequently Asked
By Mike Jones
According to some estimates, two persons out of every hundred suffer with some form of alopecia hair
loss. The condition can range in gravity from small bald patches, to complete hair loss on the scalp to
total loss of body hair altogether.
This simple fact sheet answers the main questions people have regarding alopecia hair loss:
Just what is a simple, complete definition of alopecia hair loss?
First let's get the pronunciation right. The four syllables are pronounced al-oh-PEE-shah with emphasis
on the third syllable PEE.
Miriam Webster's dictionary gives the following definition: loss of hair, wool, or feathers. It obviously
can effect other creatures apart from humans!
However, in humans a good definition would be: partial or complete hair loss.
The condition is commonly referred to by it's full title: alopecia areata with additional words describing
the severity or area affected:
Monolocularis: Any single bald spot on the head
Multilocularis: Multiple bald spots on the head
Barbae: Bald patches only on the beard
Totalis: Hair loss on the whole head and scalp
Universalis: Total loss of all body hair
How does a person get Alopecia hair loss?
This condition is not limited to a particular segment of the population. It can affect males and females of
all ages and races.
Heredity can play a role it appears, as 20% of individuals with the condition have family members who
suffer with alopecia hair loss.
However, it is unlikely children inherit the condition from their parents. Statistics show that the majority
of children with alopecia hair loss did not have parents who suffered with it. Conversely, the majority of
parents with the condition did not have children who suffered with it.
Alopecia hair loss is an autoimmune disease which can be triggered by a virus or some other agent in the
environment causing the body's protective white blood cells to mistakenly attack the cells that grow in
the hair follicle to make hair.
The condition is not contagious!
The big question - Will hair grow back?
This varies from person to person. Here is a sampling of how different individuals are affected:
Hair regrows but falls out again
Hair loss is limited to a few patches, it regrows and never falls out again
Hair is lost and then regrows with this sequence repeating itself over many years
In the majority of cases, the hair that regrows is the same color as the hair that was lost
In a few cases, the hair that regrows is white but then gradually regains its original color
It can be seen from this review that the effects of alopecia hair loss are quite unpredictable.
So what is the remedy for alopecia hair loss?
Scientists are still grappling with trying to find a satisfactory treatment for alopecia hair loss. A variety of
drugs are currently used which can have a positive effect on hair growth, although there is no ideal
solution at this time. These include:
Minoxidil or Rogaine, an FDA approved drug for treating male and female pattern hair loss
Corticosteroids - strong drugs used to suppress the immune system
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