Alopecia Totalis Causes
This condition comes about as a result of an autoimmune disorder which causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles. In most cases there is small chance of hair recovery, however there have been cases of complete restoration as well. Consider it a genetic auto immune condition that has an unknown trigger, and which can sometimes be “un-triggered” for unknown reasons. They are still researching why hair follicles are the target of the autoimmune activities.
Treatments for Alopecia Totalis
The main Alopecia Totalis treatments are therapies which focus on immunomodulation, such as glucocorticoid injections, anthralin, or glucocorticoids taken orally. We have heard reports from some that years of steroid therapy can put the condition into remission. Years of steroid therapy is not always enjoyable however, as there are side effects. It is important to comment that Rogaine (Minoxidil) is not effective for those with Alopecia Totalis. Some treatments which have been considered include Methotrexate, a treatment for autoimmune disorders, and corticosteroids have been proposed as treatments.
Several genes have been studied and quite a bit of research has focused on the human leukocyte antigen. Two studies demonstrated that human leukocyte antigen DQ3 (DQB1*03) was found in more than 80% of patients with Alopecia Areata, which suggests that it can be a marker for general susceptibility to Alopecia Areata. The studies also found that HLA DQ7 (DQB1*0301) and human leukocyte antigen DR4 (DRB1*0401) were found quite a bit more often in patients with Alopecia Totalis (AT) and Alopecia Universalis (AU).
The Good News
The comforting news is that alopecia totalis is not a painful disease and does not make people feel sick. It is not contagious, and people who have the disease are usually otherwise healthy. It has no effect on life expectancy, and will not interfere with your ability to pursue a normal lifestyle. It can be difficult living with hair loss however. It can help to learn about the condition, and speak with others who have the same situation. Professional therapy can also help quite a bit. Returning to your faith can play a major role in understanding what is going on, too.
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