Alopecia areata is a condition that causes a person’s hair to fall out. It is an autoimmune disease. That is, the person’s immune system attacks their own body, in this case, their hair follicles. When this happens, the person’s hair begins to fall out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The extent of the hair loss varies; in some cases, it is only in a few spots. In others, the hair loss can be greater.
On rare occasions, the person loses all of the hair on his or her head (alopecia areata totalis) or entire body (alopecia areata universalis). It is believed that the person’s genetic makeup may trigger this autoimmune reaction, along with other unknown triggers.
This is an unpredictable disease. In some people, hair grows back but falls out again later. In others, hair grows back and remains. Each case is unique.
What is the treatment for Alopecia?
Dr Ramachandran from DermCosmesis utilises a combination of treatments including proprietary hair products, Platelet Rich Plasma injections and steroid injections for the rejuvenation and stimulation of hair growth. Some fantastic results have been achieved.