Are you facing an uncontrollable hair loss condition and fear that you may go bald one day? Well, the root cause for it maybe, the dreadful – Alopecia Areata! Alopecia is an auto-immune disorder, in which the hair follicles are attacked by your own immune-system. The ailment can affect both gender (though more gruesome in men) which typically starts with minor hair fall condition and over a period of months, you can see one or more bald patches occurring on your scalp!
For many, the condition subsides without treatment in a year, but the hair loss is typically permanent. Most of you know that there’s no complete and permanent cure for this ailment and no universally evidenced medical aid will induce hair re-growth and sustain, however, multiple treatments may prove to be effective in acute or chronic conditions.
If you are facing adverse hair loss conditions, here are some of the revolutionary treatments available that have changed the personality of many:
- Corticosteroids are the most common treatment for hair fall lately. In mild cases of hair loss, the initial prescribed treatment would be the application of corticosteroid cream or lotion, directly to the patchy area. Alternatively, an injection of corticosteroid can be given directly onto and around the bald areas. Side effects are usually rare when they are used for a short time. However, when taken orally and used over an extended period, they may lower the body’s ability to fight infections. Corticosteroid gels/creams may irritate the skin. These side effects don’t require any medical attention unless they impede your regular activities.
- Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is aninnovative hair loss treatment for hair re-growth. The SCT technique encourages new hair growth within 3 to 4 months of therapy. It is absolutely safe and effective for both males and females. SCT is a non-surgical cure that stimulates and re-grows hair follicles,ensuring healthy hair growth. These stem cells revive themselves through cell division (sometimes after a period of inactivity) and thus, help in stimulation of long dead hair follicles in areas of baldness.
There are two different types of stem hair regrowth cells that are predominantly used for a hair loss patient: Embryonic stem cell hair regrowth cells extracted from the inner portion of the cell mass; and adult stem cells, extracted from bone marrow/ blood/ fat tissues.
- Platelet rich plasma for hair regrowth
This therapy involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, followed by processing it so that only the platelet enriched cells remain, and then injecting it into the scalp. The preparation contains some vital proteins that stimulate natural hair re-growth. This treatment can also be amalgamated with hair transplant surgery, micro-needling, or medications such as Minoxidil.
- Immunotherapy/ immunosuppressive drugs
Although fewer than half of those who are treated can see worthy hair regrowth, Immunotherapy is an efficient treatment for extensive hair loss for compatibles. Immunotherapy is solely accessible in specialized centers. It is thought that Immunosuppressive drugs are able to suppress the immune system and hence give the hair an opportunity to re-grow. The main complication with consuming immunosuppressive drugs is that it can leads to a lowered resistance to infection.
- Ultraviolet light treatment
The skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays (UVA or UVB). Before your skin is exposed to UV light you may be given a light sensitive drug in some cases, which may later make your skin, more sensitive to light. This procedure can be painful and conjointly leads to pigment changes. However, genuinely speaking, it is not considered to be an efficient long-term treatment in most cases.
Keep trying, but also bear in mind that if you find that one treatment couldn’t work, do not assume others will not either! However, due to genetic reasons, for some, none of these treatments may be effective. An early detection can help you save your precious hair.