Alopecia may also present as more extensive with loss of all hair of the scalp and other body areas. Alopecia may also lead to the total loss of all hair on the body including pubic hair (Alopecia areata universalis).
Alopecia has been linked to several causes including environmental issues arising from exposure to infectious agents that trigger unwanted immune system responses. Alopecia has also been associated with emotional conditions, being triggered by stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
Some people with Alopecia have a family history of the condition, and an increased sensitivity to environmental situations that trigger the form of hair loss identified as Alopecia can be inherited. However, people with no known family history do also present with Alopecia.
This form of hair loss is recognised as an autoimmune disease arising from the body attacking its own hair follicles and suppressing hair growth and/or causing malformed hairs. The common presentation of Alopecia reveals hairs that are noticeably narrower near the root than in the main part of the hair shaft, this presentation is referred to as “exclamation point” hairs!
Many people with Alopecia report that their areas of hair loss tingle whilst others report mild or dull pain. Alopecia may present at any age, but the first presentation is often during infancy or the teenage years, causing distressing social alienation and possibly worsening the condition since stress can cause Alopecia as well as exacerbating the condition.
Alopecia has been associated with Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate) deficiency, and people with Alopecia may also present with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and problems with the nails of the feet and hands.
Many people with Alopecia have several hair loss spots or sites; those spots or sites may be in the same area (such as the scalp) or in several locations over their body. The affected spots of hair loss are sometimes all on one side of the body. Alopecia can lead to extensive hair loss, but most people with Alopecia do not have large areas of hair loss or total loss of body hair.
Medical Science is advancing diagnostic tools and treatment therapy for Alopecia and medical treatment for Alopecia is often successful in reversing the hair loss or at least slowing further hair loss.
Whilst many people with Alopecia do achieve real visible improvement through treatment for the environmental or organic cause of the condition, others do not respond to current available medical therapies. Some sufferers of Alopecia seek to improve their appearance and comfort by achieving total hair removal by Laser Hair Removal using a safe medical grade laser such as the Candela GentleLASE.
Laser Hair Removal is a safe method for permanent hair removal and by removing the remaining hair the unsightly patches are matched and sufferers can achieve an acceptable appearance with uniform baldness, whilst others, especially women and teenagers, seek the laser hair removal because a wig fits and sits better on a clean scalp.
At City Laser Clinic our Laser Hair Removal therapists will provide proper assessment and guidance based on your presentation and expectations, we often treat people with Alopecia on referral from Medical Practitioners; to remove remaining hair and improve their appearance.