Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head)

Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head), simply referred as Spot Baldness or Patchy Hair Loss is a highly unpredictable form of an autoimmune disease. Its scientific name was 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 (Bald Spot on head) has a very distinctive appearance causing a round patch randomly and suddenly on any part of human body. The size of the patch varies from anywhere between an inch to the whole scalp, sometimes even the whole body.


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In many instances, a single patch appears during the early stage and followed by more patches forming in surrounding 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 follicles and bringing our hair generative system to a complete halt instantaneously. Sometimes, people affected by Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head) may not notice hairless spots for a period 2 to 3 days or even longer since it appears so sudden.

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As Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head) is  highly unpredictable, how it develops and progresses in a person still remains unsure. This lack of knowledge had proved many medical treatments to be ineffective and with short lived results. Due to a lack of understanding, most available solutions treat the symptoms leaving underlying problems resulting to a recurrence once treatment is stopped. However some natural  treatments have gained its reputation through  high efficacy long term results.  Able to treat fundamental cause has brought these treatments to lead in Alopecia Areata treatment industry. Various research are being carried out to gain knowledge on this medical condition, undoubtedly these efforts have contributed immensely to understanding Hair Growth process. However a comprehensive undestanding as to how and why this autoimmune disease develops and progress still remains oblivious.

Images of scalp epidermis affected by Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head), further confirms it as an autoimmune disease. The following images provides a clearer perspective as to why Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease - microscope images samples of scalp epidermis taken from a patient. These images clearly show how hair follicles are 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 an unusual looking bald patch or patches around the scalp. Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head) is also characterised as physically harmless. However psychologically it can cause a deep scar causing very vulnerable mind set resulting to reduced social interactions followed by other psychological symptoms.

With more than 3 million people affected in Unites States and Canada alone, statistics shows that Alopecia Areata (Bald Spot on head) 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.


Different Types of Alopecia Areata

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Causes Of Alopecia Areata

Most important question that remains a mystery in Alopecia Areata (Bald Spots on head) is the cause.  Learn what some of the latest findings has shown together with microscopic  images of the affected follicle.

Treatments That Are Effective

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