Alopecia Areata

The hair is often considered one of the most predominant parts of the human body. Also known as your "crowning glory", the hairs undergo a lot of procedures just for it to look nice. Sometimes, hair is often used as an item of fashion, and can be treated made into different and innovative hairdos. However, some people are unfortunate enough to suffer a condition in which their hairs, more commonly from the scalp fall off without re-growing any replacement. Alopecia Areata or more commonly known as "baldness" can cause not only a lot of hassle but also a person self-esteem and ego. His social interaction and relationship with other people may get affected.

What causes alopecia areata? Frankly, the root cause of this condition is still unknown. However, there are recent studies which point out possible reasons for hair loss. Initially, genetics and heredity is a factor that is being considered. Hair loss is more common in males than in females because of a particular chromosomal reaction in the DNA. Another cause could be an autoimmune reaction; this occurs when your antibodies fight and kill normal cells in the hair root rather than foreign microorganism which it is supposedly to do. Another cause would be stress and hormonal imbalance. Too much stress especially at work can trigger your hair roots and hair follicles to waste away and fall off. Sometimes, when applied with warm compress, the blood flow is increased, hence also increasing the tissue function. Please keep in mind that alopecia or baldness is not contagious and can not be passed from contact to airborne. An imbalance in which the rate of falling hair overcomes the rate of hair being replaced results in faster progress of the condition. Here, as an immediate remedy, one may try not to scratch the hair too much even if it really pains you to do so.

If you have a relative who is suffering from alopecia arreata, one of the best way to treat this is to initially stay calm and accept this condition. This may be difficult at first since this is a major change in body appearance. Through its course of condition, a person develops a white patch of baldness onto an area which gradually increases its size. One of the most common sign is the increasing number of hair strands left on the surface of the pillow as the person raises up from bed every morning. Never ever tease or ridicule the person's appearance. Not only are you not helping, but you are actually making the situation worse for them. Show a little bit of concern and consideration for others. There are several shampoos out there in the market which help restore blood flow in the scalp and reestablish hair root activity. Relaxing from work is also advised. Drinking multivitamins, especially vitamins A and E is strongly recommended. The course of treatment varies, as some may be as short as days while others as long as years. It all depends on the person's way of reacting to the medication or the mode of treatment.