Alopecia areata: the causes

Alopecia areata is a disease whose cause is most often psychosomatic. This does not exclude the principle that there is a genetic predisposition.

Some people may be more likely to trigger a bout of alopecia areata. This would be explained by multiple factors, and more particularly by autoimmune mechanisms, themselves stimulated during periods of stress or emotional shock. Some autoimmune diseases (even if extremely rare), such as vitiligo, may be involved in the appearance of alopecia areata.

Contrary to what it may suggest, alopecia areata is not contagious ... unlike ringworm that causes red and itchy (itchy) patches of alopecia. However, he makes sure to eliminate this diagnosis.

Do you have to worry about the appearance of alopecia areata?

No, because the reasons for hair loss are often punctual, and are the prelude to alopecia areata exceptionally. Often, and according to individuals, hair loss is related to hormonal variations. Hair loss is, for example, common during pregnancy and after childbirth. So there is no need to worry.

However, even though the alopecia areata not serious in itself, it may be interesting to research the cause, and more specifically to look for a source of stress. The awareness of the latter can already be enough to treat the alopecia areata.

However, you can ask your hairdresser for advice. If you find that you are really losing your hair too much, it's time to make an appointment with a dermatologist for a checkup. He alone will judge the relevance of a possible treatment. Indeed, only a doctor can detect the possibility of another disease whose consequence would be alopecia areata, such as an autoimmune disease, for example.

It should be noted, for example, that the doctor is looking for a possible other cause for localized hair loss, such as contamination by a fungus (mycosis, ringworm).

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Read also :

> A psychosomatic illness: what is it?
> Alopecia: hair loss in men ... and women
> Hair: Why do they become white?

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