Alopecia Areata Monolocularis
Alopecia Monolocularis is an Alopecia Areata variant that has one visible spot on the scalp or anyother parts of a patient's body. In most cases this variant is the beginning phase of this autoimmune disease. The spot becomes completely hairless as though it has been shaven.
Since Alopecia Monolocularis is the early stage, it is the most common among all of Alopecia Areata's variant. Although not noticeable, this variant is a common in the general population. Most of the affected hide the spot or patch under their hair or by adopting to a different hairstyle.
The size of the spot or patch caused can vary form the size of a dime to as big as an adult's palm. The size depends on the severity of the condition and the length of time the person had been exposed to Alopecia Areata.
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Normally the spot is located after a day or two after Alopecia Monolocularis has developed. On reason for this is the location of the spot is away from our view. Since it normally occurs at the back of a person's head, he or she may not realize it till a day or two. However those who are very particular about hair may realise through a sudden surge in hair loss.
The duration in which Alopecia Areata Monolocularis develops is unknown. However, most patients report as having seen it within 24 to 72 hours after last inspecting a normal scalp. The unpleasant surprise itself could take a person down into depression. It is especially true for those who are very particular in the way they look and are self concious. This group includes teenagers and ladies in general.
At this stages the hair follicle had just been in activated and the membrane blocking the follicle is still relative thin. This describes why treatments apllied at early stage l shows the best results. Studies shows that patients with Alopecia Monolocularis tend to show positive changes faster than those administered with treatments at a later stage. Studies also shows that patients with Alopecia Areata Monolocularis tend to show changes faster than those with Alopecia Areata Multilocularis, Alopecia Areata Totalis and Alopecia Areata Universalis. Early treatments has proven to be more effective possibly due to difference in absorption rate which is directly related to the thickness of membrane blocking the follicle. The relative conditon of the membrane between early stages and advanced stages can be examined in the image below. More microscopic follicle images have been compiled in Autoimmune Disease Page.
Understand Alopecia Areata
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