What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata, also referred to as Spot Baldness or Patchy Hair Loss is a highly unpredictable autoimmune disease. The name derived from the Greek word 'ALOPEKIA' which means hair loss coupled with a Latin word 'AREATA' which refers to occurring in patches. Pronounced as 'al-oh-pee-sheah air-ee-ah-tah', physically Alopecia Areata has a very distinctive appearance where a round patch on any part of the body completely losses hair. The size of the patch varies from an inch to the whole scalp and sometimes even the whole body. In many instances a single patch appears during the early stage and followed by more patches developing in other areas. The patch will have a smooth surface that looks as though hair follicles had been completely lost. However, fortunately, the follicles still exist but had became dormant while remaining in tact under the skin. This is a result of our immune cells surrounding the follicles and bringing all the hair productive system to a halt instantaneously. In fact, in many cases, people affected by Alopecia Areata may notice these changes taking place within a period from as short as 2 to 3 days.
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As Alopecia Areata is highly unpredictable, how it develops and progresses in a person is still being researched. This lack of knowledge had proved modern medical treatments to be ineffective and short termed. However a natural treatment has gained its reputation through highly effective promising results and. As everything else, in order to find a solution, the problem has to be well defined. Although various research are being carried out to gain knowledge on this medical condition, these efforts have contributed immensely to understanding Hair Growth process. However a full reasoning as to why and how this autoimmune disease still remains unknown.
Alopecia Areata has been classified as an autoimmune disease through an observations made on microscopic images of the scalp epidermis taken from a patient. These images clearly show how the hair follicles being surrounded by T-cells. This benign medical condition is also found to be non-contagious. Medically benign refers to a person being perfectly healthy apart from having the strange looking bald patch or patches around the scalp or body. Alopecia Areata has also been characterised as physically harmless. However psychologically it can cause serious problems causing very vulnerable mind set resulting to reduced social interactions followed by other psychological symptoms.
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With more than 3 million people affected in Unites States and Canada, statistics shows that this condition affects approximately 1.5% of the world population. Researchers have yet been able to develop any common patterns in terms of the cultural backgrounds, geographical locations, gender or age of the patients. However observations do show that 65% of people with this condition experienced it before age of 25 years old.
Understanding Alopecia Areata
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Most important question that remains a mystery in Alopecia Areata is the cause. Learn what some of the latest findings has shown together with microscopic images of the affected follicle.
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