Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes unexpected hair loss. It results in gradual hair loss which manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time.
- Patchy hair loss
- Nails become rough
- Nails lose their shine
- Cadaver hairs
- White hair
Treatment for Alopecia areata depends on the site and size of the affected areas. This can be treated effectively at our clinic with lasers and injectable and herbal medications. You will have the freedom to choose your preferred course of treatment after discussing each option with one of our consultant dermatologists.
What precautions must one take when diagnosed with Alopecia areata?
- Wear sunscreen if exposed to the sun
- Use headwear such as hats, wigs, and scarves to protect the head from the sun or keep it warm.
- Use ointment inside the nose to keep membranes moist and to protect against organisms that are normally trapped by nostril hair.
What causes Alopecia areata?
The disorder develops when white blood cells attack the cells in hair follicles, causing them to shrink and hair development to drop substantially. It's unclear what triggers the immune system to attack hair follicles in this manner.
How can Alopecia areata further affect me?
The level of alopecia and the ease with which the disorder can be covered or hidden are frequently proportional to the psychological stress it causes.
How is Alopecia areata diagnosed?
By studying symptoms, doctors can usually identify alopecia areata quite quickly. They might look at the degree of hair loss and examine hairs from affected areas.