Understanding Skin Conditions and Alopecia Areata

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Alopecia is the medical term for baldness; there are various types of alopecia, including alopecia areata.

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes a person’s hair to fall out. It is an autoimmune disease; that is, the person’s immune system attacks their own body. In this case, their hair follicles. When this happens, the person’s hair begins to fall out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The extent of the hair loss varies; in some cases, it is only in a few spots. In others, the hair loss can be greater.

On rare occasions, the person loses all of the hair on his or her head (alopecia areata totalis) or entire body (alopecia areata universalis).

It is believed that the person’s genetic makeup may trigger the autoimmune reaction of alopecia areata, along with other unknown triggers.

Alopecia areata is an unpredictable disease. In some people, hair grows back but falls out again later. In others, hair grows back and remains. Each case is unique. Even if someone loses all of his or her hair, there is a chance that it will grow back.
Who Gets Alopecia Areata?

Anyone can develop alopecia areata; however, your chances of having alopecia areata are slightly greater if you have a relative with the disease. In addition, alopecia areata occurs more often among people who have family members with autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, lupus, or thyroid disease.
Can Alopecia Areata Be Cured?

Alopecia areata cannot be cured; however, it can be treated and hair can grow back. In many cases, alopecia areata is treated with drugs that are used for other conditions. Treatment options for alopecia areata include:

Corticosteroids: Anti-inflammatory drugs that are prescribed for autoimmune diseases. Corticosteroids can be given as an injection into the scalp or other areas, orally (as a pill), or applied topically (rubbed into the skin) as an ointment, cream, or foam. Response to therapy may be gradual.
Topical contact allergens or sensitizers. This type of therapy may be used if the hair loss is widespread or if it recurs. The inflammation that the treatments cause may promote hair regrowth. Another name for this treatment is topical immunotherapy.
Rogaine (minoxidil): This topical drug is already used as a treatment for pattern baldness. It usually takes about 12 weeks of treatment with Rogaine before hair begins to grow. Results can be disappointing.

Other drugs that are used for alopecia areata with varying degrees of effectiveness include medications used to treat psoriasis and other autoimmune disorder.

 

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Alopecia Areata: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss. It affects 2 percent of Americans (roughly 6.5 million people).

The condition can affect anyone regardless of age and gender, though most cases occur before the age of 30.

The word “alopecia” comes from Ancient Greek and roughly translates as “fox disease,” on account of foxes changing their fur twice a year. The word “areata” means “occurring in patches or circumscribed areas.”

What is alopecia areata?

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Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disorder that commonly results in unpredictable hair loss.

Alopecia areata is “a common condition of undetermined etiology characterized by circumscribed, nonscarring, usually asymmetric areas of baldness on the scalp, eyebrows, and bearded portion of the face.”

In the majority of cases, hair falls out in small patches around the size of a quarter. For most people, the hair loss is nothing more than a few patches, though in some cases it can be more extreme.

Sometimes, it can lead to the complete loss of hair on the scalp (alopecia totalis) or, in extreme cases, the entire body (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata is considered to be an autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells instead of harmful foreign invaders.

In the case of alopecia areata, the immune system attacks the hair follicles causing inflammation, which leads to hair loss.

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 body’s immune system to target hair follicles in this way.

While scientists are unsure why these changes occur, it seems that genetics are involved as alopecia areata is more likely to occur in a person who has a close family member with the disease. One in five people with the disease has a family member who has also developed alopecia areata.

Other research has found that many people with a family history of alopecia areata also have a personal or family history of other autoimmune disorders, such as atopy (a disorder characterized by a tendency to be “hyperallergic”), thyroiditis, and vitiligo.

Despite what many people think, there is very little scientific evidence to support the view that alopecia areata is caused by stress. Extreme cases of stress could potentially trigger the condition, but most recent research points toward a genetic cause.

Symptoms of alopecia areata

The most prominent symptom of alopecia areata is patchy hair loss. Coin-sized patches of hair begin to fall out, mainly from the scalp. Any site of hair growth may be affected, though, including the beard and eyelashes.

The loss of hair can be sudden, developing in just a few days or over a period of a few weeks. There may be itching or burning in the area prior to hair loss. The hair follicles are not destroyed and so hair can re-grow if the inflammation of the follicles subsides. People who experience just a few patches of hair loss often have a spontaneous, full recovery without any form of treatment.

About 30 percent of individuals who develop alopecia areata find that their condition either becomes more extensive or becomes a continuous cycle of hair loss and regrowth.

About half of patients recover from alopecia areata within 1 year, but many will experience more than one episode. Around 10 percent of people will go on to develop alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis.

Alopecia areata can also affect the fingernails and toenails, and sometimes these changes are the first sign that the condition is developing. There are a number of small changes that can occur to nails:

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Alopecia affects both men and women equally.
  • Pinpoint dents appear
  • White spots and lines appear
  • Nails become rough
  • Nails lose their shine
  • Nails become thin and split

Additional clinical signs include:

  • Exclamation mark hairs – where a few short hairs that get narrower at their bottom and grow in or around the edges of bald spots
  • Cadaver hairs – hairs broken before reaching the skin surface
  • Regrowth of white hair in areas affected by hair loss

Tests and diagnosis of alopecia areata

Doctors are usually able to diagnose alopecia areata fairly easily by examining symptoms. They might look at the degree of hair loss and examine hairs from affected areas under a microscope.

If, after an initial clinical examination, the doctor is not able to make a diagnosis, they can perform a skin biopsy. If they need to rule out other autoimmune diseases, they might perform a blood test.

As the symptoms of alopecia areata are so distinctive, making a diagnosis is usually quick and straightforward.

Treatments for alopecia areata

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for alopecia areata, although there are some forms of treatment that can be suggested by doctors to help hair re-grow more quickly.

The most common form of alopecia areata treatment is the use of corticosteroids, powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can suppress the immune system. These can be administered through local injections (most common), topical ointment application, or orally.

Other medications that can be prescribed that either promote hair growth or affect the immune system include Minoxidil, Anthralin, SADBE, and DPCP. Although some of these may help with the re-growth of hair, they cannot prevent the formation of new bald patches. Some people turn to alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, although there is little, if any, evidence to support these treatments.

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Alopecia Areata Treatment Testimonial – Mr. Wee

Mr. Wee started his Alopecia Areata (AA) Treatment with Lao Fo Ye since 10 April 2015.

He did receive treatment before when the same condition happened to him when he was younger but he was affected by AA again at 10 years old. However, do you know what exactly is AA and why is it affecting someone as young as Mr. Wee? It is affecting many recently. So, Lao Fo Ye has gathered some information from the web to educate everyone on this autoimmune disease.

What is Alopecia Areata?

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Alopecia means hair loss. When a person has a medical condition called alopecia areata, hair falls out in round patches. Hair can fall out on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Alopecia is not contagious. It is not due to nerves. What happens is that the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people.

What causes it?

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In alopecia areata, immune system cells called white blood cells attack the rapidly growing cells in the hair follicles that make the hair. The affected hair follicles become small and drastically slow down hair production. Fortunately, the stem cells that continually supply the follicle with new cells do not seem to be targeted. So the follicle always has the potential to regrow hair.

Source: https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/alopecia-areata

At Lao Fo Ye, we have many successful AA cases that we will share with you as we go along. Mr. Wee will be the first one we are sharing today. Firstly, our consultants will apply AA Detox on the customer’s scalp. The AA Detox can kill bacteria & cleanse your scalp. It can also scatter the killer T cells (lymphocytes) and allow the hair follicle to continue normal hair growth. However, AA can happen again so regular treatments at Lao Fo Ye can help keep the situation under better control.

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On 10 April, Mr. Wee seek help from Lao Fo Ye. In 4 consecutive treatments, you can see that there are hair growing out of his scalp.

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In one month’s time, there are visible hair strands growing out of the bald spots. New hair grew beginning from and progressing from the outer circle. The bald spot got smaller until the whole patch is covered with new hair. Thus Recovery!

Mr. Wee said,”Thank you. My friends won’t laugh at me in school anymore.”

Mr Wee now continues to receive treatment at Lao Fo Ye to prevent recurrence and to suppress Alopecia Areata (AA).

Don’t fight AA alone… Lao Fo Ye can support you and help you fight AA together.

If you have hair problems similar to Mr. Wee’s, call us now at 6 3838 333 or book an appointment with us! We are located at the Bencoolen (Opposite OG Albert), Bugis.

For more information about the Alopecia Areata Treatment, head over to our website now!

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Hair loss is one of the main problems that society is facing nowadays and constant experiments have been conducted in search for the cure. Alopecia areata is one of these hair loss conditions.

Alopcia areata is the condition where hair is lost from some or all parts of the body. However, it isn’t just your usual hair loss problem. Alopecia areata is an unpredictable disease caused by some abnormalities in our immune system often referred to as the autoimmune disease. This disease causes our immune system to attack the body instead of helping it and hair follicles are usually the targets. When the hair follicles are damaged, so are the chances of hair growth in that area. Hair will eventually start to fall out until there’s nothing left on the scalp.

No one really knows what causes Alopecia Areata but it has been advised that this may be hereditary. Your chances of getting Alopecia Areata is increased if you have parents or relatives who have or have had this problem too.

Alopecia areata starts out with small, bald patches on the scalp resembling any shape but most of which are round. It usually happens in the scalp but can also happen to other hair-bearing parts of the body. Another symptom to take note is the shape of new hair. Alopecia areata causes hair to fall out because the hair follicles are no longer strong enough to hold on to them.

Article via: http://www.laofoyehair.com/scalp-hair-treatments/52-alopecia-areata-treatment

Laofoyehair SG Hair Testimonial - Alopecia Areata Successful Story

Laofoyehair SG Hair Testimonial: Alopecia Areata Successful Story

by: Mrs. Ellen Loh

Since mid of year 2012, my daughter’s hair has dropped day by day from the top of her head like mysterious crop circles.

I started from small spot. We went to a lot of hair care centre. But no result. Day by day it got worse and worse. My daughter was complaining to me because I couldn’t find right hair care centre that can solve her hair problem. Until she cried so hard and said that she don’t want to go to school anymore, that time I was so upset because I can’t help her.

Day by day we search and try. We wasted a lot of money and time. Finally, God bless us. We found LaoFoYe Hair Care Centre by introduction of my friend’s friend. He had same experience. His daughter was recovered within a year now, nobody can say that she had hair problem before.

So I went to LaoFoYe Hair Care Centre quickly with no doubts, without thinking anymore about the money and I don’t want to waste the time. We are very lucky to found LaoFoYe and able to let them cure my daughter’s hair problem.

LaoFoYe’s hair consultant told me that my daughter’s hair problem is Alopecia Areata and that they have treated a lot of customers successfully with this condition. I told them that what ever it is I don’t want to know, I only want to see is my daughter’s hair to regrow.

Now after 3 months I saw the results. The pictures are approved, her hair is growing quickly, the forehead is almost full. She no more say, she don’t want to go to school.

Thanks to LaoFoYe. You are a savior.

I almost forgot. My daughter is 13 years old. Going to join Secondary School this year 2013. She is happy on what she have now. She is going under treatment at LaoFoYe every Saturday.
P.S. The photos given by LaoFoYe Hair Care Centre are approved. Click here.