No, It’s Not Nerves
Posted on November 27, 2018
Did you know that on average you lose between 100 and 125 hairs a day? While this sounds like a lot, it really isn’t when you consider that you have about 100,000 hairs on your head. But what happens when you start losing more hair? If you notice that you are losing hair at a more rapid pace, in patches or you’re losing hair from places other than your head, like your eyelashes or eyebrows, you may have a condition known as alopecia areata. Don’t panic; Park Avenue Stem Cell Center offers patients living with alopecia areata answers and assistance using regenerative treatments.
What Is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out. The condition causes hair loss in circular patches on the scalp or other areas of the body. About 5 to 10 percent of individuals experience hair loss on their entire body as a result of alopecia areata.
What Causes Alopecia Areata?
For many years, alopecia areata was thought to be caused by stress, nervous conditions, age or allergies, but, as we mentioned, alopecia areata is actually an autoimmune condition. That means that the body sees the hair follicle as a threat and attacks it, which results in hair falling out.
Does Lost Hair Grow Back?
Some individuals who have alopecia areata experience hair regrowth, but others do not. When the hair grows back, it can often fall out again. This cycle can repeat for many years.
What Happens in the Meantime?
For those living with alopecia areata, the cycle of hair loss and regrowth can be frustrating and embarrassing. It can make individuals self-conscious and stressed (which can mean flares of the condition and more hair loss). As a result, many people living with alopecia areata hide their heads under hats, wigs and scarves. Or, they just plain hide; many individuals with alopecia areata avoid work, school, social events and relationships because of their condition.
Treatment for alopecia areata often includes immunosuppressant medications to keep the immune system from attacking the hair follicles or steroids to reduce inflammation. While these treatments may work for some individuals, not all people living with alopecia areata respond or see benefits from the long-term use of these medications.
There is hope, however, through the use of personal cells with treatment from Park Avenue Stem Cell. This treatment can help reduce the immune system’s attacks on hair follicles and reduce hair loss. Learn more by calling us at 888-386-4751 to schedule a consultation.