Could that patchy hair loss be Alopecia Areata?

Could that patchy hair loss be Alopecia Areata?

Hair loss can be alarming and disturbing if it happens overnight. Finding plenty of locks in the sink while showering and experiencing unexpected hair shed while combing is horrific experience for most people. However, these signs do not always indicate that you are having a hair loss condition, because it is normal to lose up to 80-100 strands of hair a day.

If you are experiencing an unusual amount of hair loss in round patches that is something to worry about. This unusual hair loss could be due to the Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disorder. In this condition, your immune system tends to attack your own hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out.

But, every patchy hair loss might not be Alopecia Areata, you need to consult trichologists in your vicinity to better understand your hair loss condition.

Signs of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia can occur at any age, but usually, this condition affects younger people. Symptoms of the condition differ from a person to person. For most people, the lost hair normally grows back in a month or two, but same may not be the case in others.

Also, it is very rare that you develop an advance stage of this condition (Alopecia Totalis) and lose hair from all over the scalp and body, but it can happen if you don’t get it treated in time. Below mentioned are the common signs of Alopecia Areata:

  • Round patches of hair loss on the scalp or other area of body
  • Skin turns smooth (as hair were never there) at the site of hair loss
  • You may notice excess hair strands on your pillow or during shower

Whereas, some other conditions may also lead to the hair loss in patches. So, hair loss alone is not the indication of a Alopecia Areata. In order to figure out the real reasons behind your hair loss condition, consult a trichologist in your vicinity.

Diagnosing Alopecia Areata

Diagnosing of hair loss condition in Hair transplant Dubai clinic is done through few steps that include:

  • It starts by taking information about patients medical history and family history of hair loss
  • After that, the examination of the scalp begins
  • The surgeon may pull out one or two strands of hair as a sample and examine them in a lab
  • A blood test can also be taken to check some hair loss conditions, especially thyroid-related hair loss

Treating Alopecia Areata

Due to an un-predictable hair loss pattern, Alopecia Areata cannot be treated with the surgical hair restoration. However, trichologists in Dubai suggest some non-invasive remedies for this condition.  It is most commonly treated with corticosteroid topical or the plasma injections that are administered directly into the scalp, such as PRP in Dubai. Your doctor may also prescribe Propecia for the regrowth of hair.

The effectiveness of each alopecia treatment in Dubai varies from a person to person. Some fortunate individuals don’t even need treatment since their strands grow back on their own. In some cases, people may need to undergo a few numbers of Alopecia Areata treatments session to get back the lost hairs.

If you are experiencing hair loss in clumps or patches and wondering if it is Alopecia areata or not, visit hair transplant Dubai clinic for proper evaluation of your condition. Just fill in the form below to book a FREE session with our specialist.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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