Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp, and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. It can also develop slowly and recur after years between instances.
CAUSES OF ALOPECIA AREATA
The condition occurs when white blood cells attack the cells in hair follicles, causing them to shrink and dramatically slow down hair production. It is unknown precisely what causes the bodies immune system to target hair follicles in this way.
With alopecia areata,our immune system attacks our hair follicles. It is an autoimmune disease, which is a disease that is caused by our immune system attacking part of our body. Genetic factors may play a role in alopecia areata.
People with the following conditions are at higher risk for developing some form of alopecia areata:
- Hay fever
- Thyroid disease
- Pernicious anemia, a type of vitamin deficiency
SYMPTOMS OF ALOPECIA AREATA
- Small bald patches on scalp or other parts of the body.
- Patches may get larger and grow together into a bald spot.
- Hair grows back in one spot and falls out in another.
- Loss of lots of hair over a short time.
- More hair loss in cold weather.
- Fingernails and toenails become red, brittle, and pitted.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ALOPECIA AREATA
ARSENIC ALBUM : Useful for alopecia arata where there is circular bald patches along with itching and burning on the scalp which aggravates at night.
VINCA MINOR : Very useful for alopecia arata where there is tendency to hair fall in spot which are then replaced by white hair.
FLOURIC ACID : Helpful in regrowth of hair in the bald patches.Useful for hair fall after fever.
PHOSPHORUS : Very useful for alopecia areata where person suffers from loss of hair in patches.Helpful for hair loss with dandruff on scalp