What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder. It causes the body to see the hair follicles as foreign bodies and attack them, causing the hair to fall out. There is some evidence that it is partially hereditary so you may be at higher risk if others in your family have the condition. It can occur in males and females of any age but is more likely to develop before the age of 30.
How does alopecia areata affect sufferers?
The primary symptom of alopecia areata is a distinctive pattern of hair loss in round patches, which gives it its common name, spot balding. Alopecia areata can also affect the finger- and toe-nails, causing them to become fragile, brittle and pitted.
The symptoms of alopecia areata often causes severe emotional strain. It is common for sufferers to experience symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. They may isolate themselves from loved ones and try to hide their bald patches with hats or wigs. Other reactions include feeling guilty, resentful or angry.
Where can people with alopecia areata get help?
Receiving a diagnosis of alopecia areata is not easy. The good news is that there is lots of help available for sufferers of this type of hair loss. There are numerous online forums and groups where people with alopecia areata can discuss their experiences and share advice. These communities give sufferers the sense that they are not alone in their worries and a chance to talk openly about their feelings.
Along with social support, those with alopecia areata should also seek professional treatment. Vinci Hair Clinic is highly experienced in treating alopecia areata and understand how stressful this type of hair loss is. They have helped many men and women with their innovative scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) technique. SMP imitates hair growth with micro-dots of pigment on the scalp. For women and men with less severe hair loss, the technique can be used to blend bald spots into the existing hair. It can also be used to create the look of a full head of shaved hair.
If you are worried about alopecia areata, contact Vinci Hair Clinic for further advice and information on treatments.