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How is Alopecia Areata Treated?

While there is neither a cure for alopecia universalis nor drugs approved for its treatment, some people find that medications approved for other purposes can help hair grow back, at least temporarily. The following are some treatments for alopecia universalis. Keep in mind that while these treatments may promote hair growth, none of them prevent […]

Woman with Alopecia Areata since childhood

Story from a 41-year-old woman with alopecia areata who has difficulty getting comfortable with her hair loss: Bald patches began at age seven. Cortisone shots directly into the patches worked temporarily. When patches came back around age nine I was treated with: more shots in scalp, Topsyn ointment and also fluorescent light treatments. Eventually all […]

I’m 32 and I’ve had 4 battles with Alopecia Areata.

Story from a woman who has battled alopecia areata resulting from severe trauma and/or stress: I’m 32 and I’ve had 4 battles with Alopecia Areata. Every time something major happens I begin to start loosing a patch of hair. First, when I made a huge move across country and left all my family, a spot […]

Who Is Most Likely To Get Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata affects an estimated four million Americans of both sexes and of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It often begins in childhood. If you have a close family member with the disease, your risk of developing it is slightly increased. If your family member lost his or her first patch of hair before age […]

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How Will Alopecia Universalis Affect My Life?

This is a common question, particularly for children, teens, and young adults who are beginning to form lifelong goals and who may live with the effects of alopecia universalis for many years. The comforting news is that alopecia universalis is not a painful disease and does not make people feel sick physically. It is not […]

What is androgenetic alopecia (AGA)?

Hereditary balding or thinning is the most common cause of hair loss. The tendency can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. Women with this trait develop thinning hair, but do not become completely bald. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia and it can start in the teens, twenties, or […]

How Can I Cope With the Effects of Alopecia?

Living with hair loss can be hard, especially in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth and good health. Even so, most people with alopecia areata are well-adjusted, contented people living full lives. The key to coping is valuing yourself for who you are, not for how much hair you have or […]

What Causes Androgenetic Areata?

Hair follicles contain androgen receptors. In the presence of androgens, genes that shorten the anagen phase are activated, and hair follicles shrink or become miniaturized. With successive anagen cycles, the follicles become smaller (leading to shorter, finer hair), and nonpigmented vellus hairs replace pigmented terminal hairs. In women, the thinning is diffuse, but more marked […]

What Causes Alopecia Universalis?

In alopecia universalis, 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 […]

What Are the Different Types of Alopecia?

The word alopecia itself is a term specifically used for hair loss yet there are many subtypes of alopecia. These are the three primary subtypes of alopecia: Alopecia Areata – Patchy loss of hair whether that means patches on your legs, arms, pubic region, scalp, lashes or brows. Alopecia Totalis – Total (or near total) […]

What Is Alopecia?

Alopecia is considered to be an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system, which is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the tiny cup-shaped structures from which hairs grow. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere. In most cases, […]

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How is Androgenetic Areata (AGA) treated?

Only 2 proven, food and drug administration (FDA) approved medications are currently available for treatment of androgenetic alopecia: minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil (5%): Rogaine: Topical minoxidil solution promotes hair growth in several conditions in which the hair follicle is small and not growing to its full potential. Minoxidil is FDA-approved for treating male and female […]

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[blockquote] Welcome to HerHairLossHelp.com! As a woman, losing hair or having thinning hair can be a devastating and often confusing experience. A number of women suffer hair loss whether it be through androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, universalis, telogen effluvium, etc. With all the possible triggers for our hair loss physically and emotionally, sometimes it feels […]