Focus on Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata (AA) is a chronic condition that can cause hair loss anywhere on the body, most often associated and noticed on the scalp.
It's a benign condition - individuals do not typically have any other symptoms other than hair loss. Nonetheless, it can be very traumatic and psychologically distressing to someone suffering from this condition.
It's actually more common than most people realize. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, over 5 million people in the United States alone are affected by this condition. Both men and women are affected by this condition and it tends to strike individuals in their youth.
While the underlying cause of AA is still little understood - current research suggests that the something triggers the bodies immune system to attach the hair follicles. Like most other immune system dysfunctions, it's not well understood why it occurs.
There is a large variance in the amount of hair loss that sufferers experience. Some individuals lose a small patch of hair while others lose all of their hair. Even for these individuals, the hair can grow back. Even after many years.
There currently is no cure for Alopecia Areata. However there are several treatment options. Some of the current treatment options are are cortisone injections, topical Minoxidil, topical Anthralin, Cortisone pills, topical immunotherapy and wigs.
A natural looking wig can be an important option for the person that suffers from AA. With the current advancements in synthetic wig fiber and construction - it's easier and more affordable then ever before to find a great, natural looking wig.