What is Alopecia and What are Some of the Main Symptoms?
Alopecia is a scientific term for hair loss associated with certain portions of the body. Certain types such as alopecia areata are defined by patchy hair loss.
Others such as alopecia totalis are defined as the total loss of hair from one’s scalp. Thinning hair over time, itchy skin and completely hairless spots are some common symptoms.
While the cause of this condition is not fully understood, a dermatologist or hair loss specialist can identify specific risk factors such as allergies or even a family history. Fungal infections and even psychological stress could also represent causal factors.
Alopecia is thought to be an autoimmune disease; appearing in individuals who are otherwise completely healthy. In other words, the immune system of the body is triggered into attacking normal hair follicles.
These follicles will then fall out. There are times when they may return and there are other instances when professional and targeted alopecia treatment for UK patients is the best course of action.
Hair Loss Treatment in Manchester: How Can UK Dermatologist Help?
Encountering effective treatments for alopecia areata will first require a thorough diagnosis. An examination may include viewing hair follicles with the help of a microscope, blood tests and small skin biopsies.
This can also be used to determine the exact type of alopecia present (androgenic alopecia is one variant which might be detected).
Assuming that the condition has been properly examined, a dermatologist will then choose from a number of treatment options such as:
- Corticosteroids (pills, lotions or topical ointments or injections).
- The prescription of branded medicines such as Minoxidil.
- Treatments designed to modify the immune function and responses of the skin.
Hair growth may be seen a few months after such treatments are administered and yet, each patient will respond in a different way.
This is one of the reasons why treatments are often combined in order to increase their overall efficacy.
UK Dermatologist provides targeted and professional hair loss treatments for Manchester patients. If you suspect that you may be suffering from alopecia, it is prudent to utilise our online contact form. A representative will be in touch shortly to discuss your options as well as to schedule an in-depth consultation.