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You spotted a bald spot on your head. What now?

17 May 2022

Have you suddenly found a bald spot on your head, and are you afraid of going bald? This is not necessarily the case. You may be suffering from alopecia areata. That sounds exciting, but it stands for patchy baldness. And it does not mean the end of the world. Also, fortunately, in 80% of cases, it is a temporary phenomenon. But what can you do about it in the meantime?

 

What is alopecia areata?

What is alopecia areata?

It is a condition in which hair suddenly falls out in specific places, causing bald patches on the head. About 2 out of 100 (or 2% of the population) people will be affected by this disease at some point in their lives. It can happen at any age, including children. It usually affects (young) adults between 20 and 40 years of age. Alopecia areata affects both men and women. The risk of getting it is the same.

What does alopecia areata look like?

The symptoms are limited to one or a few bald patches on the scalp in most cases. The patches are evenly distributed over the entire scalp. The bald patches are often round or oval. At the edge of these patches, hairs may be loose. Also, the hairs at the edge are often differently shaped and resemble an exclamation mark: these hairs are short, narrow at the base and wider at the tip.

What causes these bald spots?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. This means that your own immune system attacks your body. Scientists do not know exactly why this happens in alopecia areata. Still, they do know that it can have a genetic cause. In about one in five people with alopecia, it runs in their family. Stress is also an important factor in hair loss, although this has not been scientifically proven. However, bald patches on men's and women's heads are not necessarily caused by alopecia areata. The cause may also be, for instance:A fungal infection

  • A skin disease that causes scarring, such as scleroderma
  • The venereal disease syphilis
  • Wearing a braid or bun that is too tight
  • A tight hairpin, scarf, headscarf or turbanHair-extensions
  • Pulling your hair

bald patches on your head

Diagnosis

Alopecia areata is a relatively simple diagnosis for bald patches occurring in unusual places on the head. In principle, it does not require a biopsy. If you are in doubt or want to be sure, you can visit your GP or dermatologist for a diagnosis. It is also important to note, should you think you have alopecia areata, that it does not mean you are unhealthy. The condition is unrelated.

Treatments and products

The bald patches you get from alopecia areata are temporary in most cases. How long they last differs from person to person. For some, it is one spot and short-lived; for others, several spots over a long period. There are currently no medicines that can help with localised baldness. But that doesn't mean you can't do anything about it. Some lotions and shampoos stimulate hair growth, and our clients report a positive effect when using them.

The Theradome low-level laser therapy has a proven effect on stimulating hair growth in people with hereditary baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In the case of alopecia areata, insufficient research has been done to make a definite statement about this. But our clients report positive results and are very positive about Theradome as a treatment for their bald spots.

Theradome LH80 PRO laser helmet:


Our clients are very enthusiastic about the Theradome as a treatment for their bald spots.

Neofollics lotion:

 
We receive positive reviews on this lotion against Alopecia Areata.

Neofollics shampoo + conditioner combination pack:


Neofollics shampoo, possibly supplemented with Neofollics conditioner, stimulates hair regrowth and inhibits micro-inflammations on the scalp.