Alopecia Areata is a type of autoimmune condition, the body rejects the hair follicles for an unknown reason. It usually appears suddenly as round patches of hair loss on the scalp. Alopecia Totalis is when all the hair on the scalp is lost and Alopecia Universalis is when all body hair is lost. Alopecia Areata is not contagious, is not caused by foods, nor is the result of nervousness. It occasionally runs in families. Alopecia Areata has three stages. First, there is sudden hair loss. Then, the patches of hair loss may enlarge. Lastly, new hair grows back. This may takes months and sometimes more than a year.
The lost hair usually will grow back by itself, but slowly. Sometimes the new hair is temporarily gray or white, but after a time the original color usually returns. The natural regrowth of hair can often be sped up by having Dr. Myers inject a cortisone shot into the area of hair loss. The cortisone calms the overactive immune system that is attacking the hair follicles. It acts only in the area where it has been injected. Unfortunately, this does not prevent new areas of hair loss. However, if new areas of hair loss appear, re-growth may be helped by injecting the cortisone. Alternatively, topical medications may also be used.
If you have questions concerning Alopecia Areata, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
Dr. David Myers
Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.