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This is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, usually in quarter size patches on the scalp, face and other hairy parts of the body due to attacked and damaged hair follicles. Pain or tingling may be present in the area of hair loss. Alopecia Areata is not contagious.
About 46 million people are effected by this disease in one form or another. People with thyroid disorders are more likely to have this disease because a thyroid disorder disrupts hormonal processes which play an important part in the hair growth. Also, people who have a history of autoimmune diseases in their families, and/or are dealing with atopic eczema, nasal allergies and asthma have increased chances of experiencing hair loss.
Alopecia Areata is unpredictable. Even without treatment, hair may grow back and fall out again at some later time or grow back and stay that way without another occurrence. Although there isn't a cure that will work for everyone, there are treatment options available that may have a positive effect.
Science has yet to discover the exact cause of this disease. Although it could be genetic, that is only one piece of the puzzle. Stress and viruses could also be a part of the equation.
Conventional Alopecia Areata Treatment:
Minoxidil, which is the active ingredient of the drug Rogaine, is available without a prescription. Also, ask your doctor for other medication options that have been approved for other diseases that might work with Alopecia Areata. Phototherapy is another option.
Natural Treatments to Research:
Korean Red Ginseng or Asian Ginseng
(Alopecia Areata is on the 2nd page at the bottom of article).
Lavender, peppermint, sage, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme
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