If you’ve recently noticed a substantial amount of hair falling out when you’re showering, in your hairbrush, or on your pillow, you’re probably worried about what’s going on. While a small amount of hair loss is normal, if the amount you’re noticing is out of the ordinary for you, you’ll want to speak with a dermatologist as soon as possible, as you may have an autoimmune disorder known as alopecia areata.
Alopecia, a term used to describe non-specific conditions associated with hair loss, has many causes and treatments. In general, autoimmune diseases attack your body. In the case of alopecia areata, it’s the hair follicles that are being attacked. This causes your hair to fall out, while how much varies from person to person. Some can lose a little hair in a few spots while others may lose a lot all over. In rare cases, a person can lose all the hair on their head (alopecia areata totalis) or the hair on their entire body (alopecia areata universalis).
The cause of alopecia areata is different for everyone, as is the treatment plan. While alopecia can’t be cured, the condition can be treated, and hair can grow back. At Hans Weimann, we have extensive experience with alopecia treatment in St. Louis. Contact us today at (888) 608-1233 to request additional information for treating your hair loss due to alopecia.