Alopecia Areata

A man with an Alopecia Areata on the beard.

Alopecia Areata

What is it and How to Treat Alopecia Areata?

People often confuse alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder, with hereditary hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. The condition can result in unpredictable hair loss, and today’s medical professionals are yet to discover a treatment for it. Alopecia areata is more common than many people imagine. It can affect around 6.5 million people or 2 per cent of Americans. Alopecia areata can arise before 30 years of age or in the later stage of life. It is not possible to remedy alopecia areata with a hair transplant in Turkey. Read on to find out other ways of coping with this condition.

A blonde female with Alopecia Area on hair hair.

Alopecia areata can result in unpredictable hair loss.


Corticosteroids work by suppressing the immune system and preventing the destruction of the hair follicles due to the white blood cells. Using corticosteroids allows for the growth of follicles and helps to avoid unnecessary and premature loss of hair. However, a healthy immune system is also important in helping the body to fight ailments. This means that suppressing the immune system’s actions can make the body vulnerable to a range of illnesses. SHIFT Hair Transplant surgeons usually advise patients against a continual use of corticosteroids for the treatment of alopecia areata.

Topical Creams

Alopecia areata sufferers could also try applying minoxidil to the scalp. This topical cream appears on the shelves under the brand name Rogaine. Patients should apply it to the balding areas of the scalp twice a day. Doing so will make the hair follicles wider and increase the density of the treated region. It is necessary to apply the cream every day in order to ensure continued benefits. Stopping its usage can instantly trigger hair loss again.

However, the treatment is not entirely trouble-free as it can also give rise to side effects such as chest pains and itchiness. Hair transplant in Turkey is safer, but not an effective solution for alopecia areata.

Stress Reduction

This is another alternative which is considered much safer than the others. Although clinical studies are yet to provide conclusive evidence about how stress relates to or contributes to, this disorder, at least some cases of baldness are thought to originate from stress. Regular meditation, yoga, cutting down on sugary and salty foods and striking a better balance between personal and professional life are all regarded as some of the best ways to reduce stress. As experts associated with SHIFT Hair Transplant recommend, a holistic change in lifestyle is necessary to avoid stress-related alopecia areata.