The Best Shampoo For Alopecia Areata
Many want to try shampoo for Alopecia Areata to treat hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes your hair to fall out.
Symptoms can be small, coin-sized patches on your scalp, larger patches or a general thinning of your hair, or extreme and rare cases of total body hair loss.
Alopecia areata affects about 4% of the population. If a close relative of yours has alopecia areata, your chances of having it are slightly increased.
Alopecia is not a medically harmful disease. Most alopecia sufferers are otherwise very healthy. But the effects of hair loss, especially on children, can be emotionally painful.
Alopecia Is An Autoimmune Disease
Contrary to what you might think, alopecia is not associated with a nervous condition, but rather an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to prevent your hair follicles from growing hair.
Alopecia areata can come and go at any time, many sufferers find a bald patch one day, and just as randomly, discover that their hair has grown back.
Research is ongoing, but no one knows for sure what triggers the autoimmune response that causes your hair loss, or how to turn off the response. Avoiding stress, however, seems to help decrease recurring alopecia or its severity.
There is currently no known cure for alopecia areata, and no shampoos or medications specifically approved by the FDA.
But many doctors and dermatologists are willing to try treating the symptoms with medications or treatments approved for related conditions.
Check with your doctor or dermatologist to find out if there is a shampoo for alopecia areata suited to your condition, or an alopecia areata cream that might help alleviate your symptoms.
Most of the commonly available treatments for alopecia areata are most effective on mild cases.
Shampoo for alopecia seems to be most effective when used for what is called androgenic alopecia or what you may have already heard of as male-pattern balding.
Shampoos for this type of alopecia have Ketoconazole as the active ingredient, and are generally used to supplement a treatment that includes minoxidil or fenasteride.
Chances are, if you have had luck treating your alopecia with Rogaine or Propecia, then a shampoo like Nizoral might help to increase your success.
Ketoconazole shampoos work by cleaning the skin around your hair follicle of sebum, or the natural oils produced by your skin.
Removing these oils can allow your hair follicles to receive more nutrition and clear the way for your hair to regrow. In other words, the best the shampoo for alopecia areata can do is to simply clear the decks to give your hair the easiest time to regrow.
But be aware that the hair loss from alopecia areata is caused by your immune system, not your skin. At best, the shampoo for Alopecia areata treats a tangential symptom of the main problem.
Treatment creams like cortical steroid creams or topical minoxidil are closer to getting you to your target of re-growing your hair.
Unless you have experienced 100% hair loss, a combination of topical minoxidil followed by cortisone cream has been met with more success than minoxidil alone.
As with any treatments or shampoo for alopecia areata you choose to explore, please do so with the help and advice of your doctor.
If you experience any itching, burning, swelling or other reaction, stop treatment immediately.
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Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: April 8, 2015
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