Alopecia Areata - Overview



What is Alopecia Areata?

The hair is the richest ornament of women’ - thus said Martin Luther but he would have surely wanted to change his quote had he lived in present times. Whether its women or men, they hold hair to be equally precious in today’s scenario and alopecia areata can be a big cause of concern for both.


 

Amongst all hair disorders, none arouse as much interest as alopecia areata. The reason for this is the uniqueness with which the disease presents itself:

  • > Alopecia can affect people of any age - from infancy right up to the 80s

  • > It can affect any part of the body

  • > This condition can progress very rapidly leading to complete loss of scalp hair in a span as short as 15 days or can limit itself to one small persistent patch throughout a person's life

  • > It has phases of remissions and relapses even whilst the patient is on medication, and in few rare cases it’s known to relapse even 20 years after the first episode

  • Here are some of the features that are characteristic of Alopecia Areata:


  • >  Hair falls out in small patches leaving bald spots about the size of a small coin.

  • > There may be single or multiple such patches.

  • > The bald spots may remain static or may spread to involve larger areas of the scalp.

  • > In certain cases, hair loss is more extensive.

  • > Uncommonly, it may progress to total loss of hair on the head (alopecia areata totalis) or complete loss of hair all over the body (alopecia areata universalis).

  • Types & Causes of Alopecia Areata.

    Alopecia areata belongs to the category of diseases classified as auto-immune conditions. These are conditions in which the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells – in this case the hair follicles - and destroys them. This results in hair being lost from the affected area. This abnormal behavior of the immune system can be triggered by a number of factors such as:

    > Local fungal infection of the scalp

    > Disorders of thyroid gland

    > Anemia

    > Low intake of protein

    > Drugs and medications

    >Chemotherapy drugs

    > Large doses of Vitamin A

    > Oral contraceptive pills

    > Antimalarials like Chloroquine

    > Beta blockers (used for treating hypertension)

    > Certain antidepressants

    > Anticoagulants

    > Chemical treatment of hair

    > During recuperation after some major surgery

    > Sudden weight loss due to dieting

    > SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

    > Testosterone: High levels of the male hormones (which are present in men as well as in women) can trigger the onset of alopecia

     

    Homeopathic Treatment

    Healing safely, gently and surely!

    At our clinic, we have the experience of treating thousands of cases of alopecia over the last 35 years and providing effective, safe and gentle solutions to them. With the winning combination of Homeopathy, Trichology and Technology, we have been giving the best solutions to our patients.


    One of the main reasons why Homeopathy works so beautifully in these cases is that it targets the altered immunity of the patient and brings it back to normal over a period of time. Thus the results are long-lasting and not just superficial in nature.


    The duration of treatment may vary from case to case and depends on a lot of factors. Cases of chronic nature with widespread affection, fast progress and presence of other systemic illness take longer duration to be treated. On the other hand, cases of recent origin with limited spread show a faster response.