What is Alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is a auto immune disease where in the auto immune system attacks the hair folicles and causes hair loss. It affects around 2 to 3 percent of the population across the globe.
Alopecia areata can cause loss of hair in patches on the head, face or on other parts of the body.
Alopecia areata can cause the loss of hair at any time and at any age. There is no warning before the loss of hair occurs. However the loss of hair may be temporary and the there is usually hair regrowth without any intervention.
The loss of hair due to Alopecia areata can cause significant loss of self esteem and cause physcological trauma.
Alopecia areata can be easily misdiagnozed as other types of hair loss especially male pattern baldness.
Can Alopecia areata be cured?
Currently there is no cure for Alopecia areata. However there are certain natural methods you can use to reduce the effects of the disease that have been realised by observation.
What are the natural remedicies for Alopecia areata?
Since Alopecia areata is a disease that is caused by the over action of the immune system we have to focus on the immune system. The immune system is tied very closely with the digestive tract. Hence a healthy digestive tract might make sure that your immune system will work better. Having a daily does of probiotics has been shown to improve the gut bacteria and thereby also improve your immune system which might lead to better control of Alopecia areata.
Thus helping yourself to a good dose of probiotics might be the first defence against Alopecia areata.
Add Zinc to your diet as Zinc has been shown to improve your immune system. Foods that are high in Zinc include pumpkin seeds, naturally grown mutton or lamb, naturally grown beef, organic chickpeas, cashews, nuts, yougurt or curd and all types of green spinach
Ginseng has been known to increase the strenght of the immune system and can be used as an effective treatment for Alopecia areata.
Lavender Oil which is an anti inflammatory agent can also be used to soothe the immune system and reduce inflammation which can reduce the effects of Alopecia areata.
Consuming cumin and cinnamon in your diet can also suppress the inflammation caused by the auto immune disorder.
Are there any conventional Medications to treat Alopecia areata
A doctor may treat Alopecia areata with conventional creams either over the counter or prescription. These will help to reduce the inflamation and also help regrow the hair. However these do not cure Alopecia areata.
Currently the following are used for treating Alopecia areata for regrowing hair.
- Corticosteroids : To reduce inflamation and promote hair growth
- Minoxidil: The active component of Rogaine which has been proven to regrow hair.
- Anthralin:To help with the immune disorder
- Diphencyprone:To help with the immune disorder
- Immunosuppressants: To help with the immune disorder.
As with all treatments the above treatments including the natural remedies should be tried only after being recommended by a qualified doctor or a health proffessional as it is easy to misdiagonise the diesease and most of the medicaltions shown above are not over the counter.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Alopecia areata we wish you the all the best in being able to control the same and be able to stave off hair fall.
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