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Random Balding- Very Common Issue

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Notice a small patch of hair randomly disappeared? 

Please read below to gain a bit of understanding of what "may" be the cause. 

Please remember you're not alone

Alopecia Areata affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%. 

As per The National Alopecia Areata Foundation https://www.naaf.org/alopecia-areata

 

What is Areata Alopecia? 

Alopecia Areata is thought to be an autoimmune disease. This occurs when your own immune system damages healthy cells in your own body. The immune system makes white blood cells (lymphocytes) and antibodies to protect against foreign objects such as bacteria, viruses, and other germs. In autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part or parts of the body as foreign. In people with alopecia areata, many white blood cells gather around the affected hair roots (hair follicles) which are mistaken as foreign. This causes some mild inflammation which leads in some way to hairs becoming weak and falling out to cause the bald patches. It is not known why it is common for only certain areas of the scalp to be affected. Also, the affected hair follicles are not destroyed. Affected hair follicles are capable of making normal hair again if the immune reaction goes and the situation returns to normal. It is not known why alopecia areata or other autoimmune diseases occur. It is thought that something triggers the immune system to react against one or more of the body's own tissues. Possible triggers include viruses, infection, medicines or other environmental factors. There is also an inherited factor which makes some people more prone to autoimmune diseases. About 1 in 5 people with alopecia areata have a close relative who is also affected. If you have alopecia areata you also have a slightly higher than average chance of developing other autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disorders, pernicious anaemia and vitiligo. (However, it is important to stress that most people with alopecia areata do not develop any of these other conditions.) 

 

 "The size of the bald patch or patches and how long they last are quite variable. If less than half of the scalp is affected and no treatment is started, there is about an 8 in 10 chance of full hair re-growth within one year. With more extensive hair loss, it is less likely that hair will re-grow" https://patient.info/health/alopecia-areata 

How to Resolve the issue.

1. Probiotics It’s true that digestive tract controls your immune system. This is why probiotics can help to treat a number of autoimmune conditions, including alopecia areata. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that feeding probiotic bacteria to aged mice caused beneficial changes to the integumentary system. This resulted in healthier and younger looking hair and skin. Probiotic supplements can be used to improve your immune system so that your body doesn’t overreact to perceived threats and cause inflammation. You should also eat probiotic foodsdaily, such as kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, yogurt and apple cider vinegar.

2. Zinc Zinc may work as a natural treatment for alopecia areata because it helps to boost your immune system and repair your gut, which is vital for normal immune responses. Plus, zinc is a vital mineral for important functional activities of the hair follicles. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Dermatologyfound that lower serum zinc levels are common among patients with alopecia areata, with zinc levels being the lowest in patients with severe cases of the hair loss disease. Researchers suggest that zinc supplements may provide a therapeutic benefit, especially for patients with a zinc deficiency. It can also help to eat foods high in zinc, such as pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, lamb, chickpeas, cashews, yogurt and spinach.  

3. Quercetin Quercetin is a type of flavonoid antioxidant that is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. It has strong effects on immunity and works to down-regulate, or suppress, inflammatory pathways. This is why it’s often used to treat symptoms related to autoimmune disorders. A 2012 study conducted on mice found that quercetin was effective in stimulating hair regrowth when compared to placebo injections. Scientists believe that this is due to quercetin’s anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin supplements and creams are available at vitamin or health food stores. Make sure to purchase these products from a reputable company. Read the ingredient list to make sure that quercetin is the main ingredient. You may find that many formulas also include bromelain. This is another anti-inflammatory enzyme that’s used to fight immune responses.

4. Ginseng Ginseng is a popular herbal medicine that contains various pharmacological compounds. It works to reduce inflammation and boost immune function. This helps the body to maintain immune homeostasis. A 2012 study conducted at Korea University College of Medicine found that red ginseng serves as an effective and natural treatment for alopecia areata. People who are already receiving corticosteroid injections can use it as a complementary treatment.  There are many varieties of ginseng available today, including powdered, dried and tablet forms of both Asian and American ginseng.

5. Lavender Essential Oil One of the many lavender oil benefits includes its ability to heal and protect the skin. It works as a powerful antioxidant and it reduces inflammation. A 2016 study conducted using mice found that when researchers applied lavender oil topically to bald patches on mice, it caused a significant increase in the number of hair follicles, deepened hair follicle depth and thickened the dermal layer. Lavender oil treatment also significantly decreased the number of white blood cells compared to the placebo group. Another study, conducted in Scotland, involved aromatherapy treatment for alopecia areata. Patients in the treatment group massaged lavender, rosemary, thyme and cedarwood essential oils, mixed with jojoba and grapeseed carrier oils, into their scalp daily. The control group used only carrier oils. Forty-four percent of the treatment group showed improvement compared with only 15 percent of patients in the control group. The degree of improvement using photographic assessment of hair growth was significant, proving that lavender oil and other beneficial essential oils for hair serve as an effective natural treatment for alopecia areata.

6. Rosemary Essential Oil Rosemary oil is commonly used to enhance hair thickness and growth. It works by increasing cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth. Research shows that applying rosemary oiltopically can be as effective as minoxidil, a conventional treatment for alopecia areata. You can also use rosemary oil to treat dandruff and dry scalp. Simply apply 2–3 drops of rosemary oil directly to the area of concern twice daily.

7. Acupuncture Acupuncture is used as a natural treatment for alopecia areata because it can reduce the T1 cells that are attacking hair follicles and causing hair loss. It also works to stimulate and warm hair follicles, reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation in the affected area. Acupuncture also works to reduce anxiety and depression. These are two conditions many patients with alopecia areata experience.

8. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods One of the most important components of treating an autoimmune disease naturally is to eat healing, nutrient-dense foods that will work to reduce inflammation and allow your body to recover quickly. Avoid all processed and sugary foods. Instead, eat anti-inflammatory foods like green leafy vegetables, beets, broccoli, blueberries, nuts, seeds, spices (especially turmeric and ginger), wild-caught salmon, bone broth and coconut oil. These foods provide antioxidants, important minerals and essential fatty acids. It is common for patients with alopecia areata to have nutrient deficiencies. So eat a well-balanced diet full of a variety of colors in order to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals that you need to get well. You can also have your levels checked by your healthcare provider. Then take specific measures to correct a deficiency.

9. Reduce Stress To treat thinning hair and hair loss associated with alopecia areata, it’s important to reduce stress levels and allow your body to heal so that your hair will grow back quickly. There are a number of stress relieversthat can help to encourage blood circulation and promote hair growth. These include exercise (like yoga), meditation, journaling and spending more time outdoors. Dealing with hair loss can be difficult emotionally, as you may begin to feel insecure about your appearance. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members during this difficult time. And, connect with other people who are also dealing with this skin condition. https://draxe.com/alopecia-areata/

 

 

All information from this post is quoted from two sites. 

https://draxe.com/alopecia-areata/ 

https://patient.info/health/alopecia-areata

 

 


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