Alopecia Areata – Etiology and Pathogenesis
Modern medicine believes that Alopecia areata is an autoimmune syndrome and as a result of the immune system instability it considers hair follicles as strangers and fights against them. To fight against viruses, toxins, bacteria and other visitors is the proper function of the immune system. That’s what this system is designed for. The problem starts when it mistakenly attacks itself. We can compare those attacks to a friendly fire during the war, which is very dangerous because the confronted party does not expect an assault. Hair follicles are the tiny cup-shaped bags. Hairs develop inside of these bags and then grow. As a result of an attack by immune system hair follicles lose their functionality, and it can lead to partial or complete hair loss. By saying hair loss, we do not mean a loss of scalp hair. Some men lose hair on their chest, back, legs, etc. Women may lose pubic hair, eye brows, and even eyelashes.
Alopecia areata – symptoms and clinical forms
Usually, small round or bold oval patches manifest development of the Alopecia areata, and the disease does not spread further than the size of a quarter. In some cases, however, the scalp boldness may advance to a complete scalp hair loss or even full body boldness.
The version of Alopecia areata that causes boldness only on a face (beard area in men) is called alopecia areata barbae.
The impacted by the immune system hair follicles come to be small in size and the hair manufacturing extremely slows down.
Regardless the immune process that attacks follicles, they retain the potential ability to recover, and appropriate treatment usually leads to a full salvage.
Clinical prognosis for alopecia areata
Hair loss is not a fatal illness and probably is not a disease at all. It is only a symptom of the process that develops in a patient’s organism. Alopecia areata causes no physical pain or discomforts. This medical disorder mostly manifests in cosmetic signs, and individuals that are suffering from Alopecia are rather healthy and require no medical attention. However, for those patients who consider changes in their appearance as a critical factor, alopecia would lead to further neurotic reactions and thus becomes a serious matter.
The cosmetic changes caused by Alopecia areata are first and foremost generally and psychologically unsettling. Nevertheless, in cases of alopecia universalis that affects the whole body including eye brows, eye lashes, nose, and ears hair, this disorder may cause general vulnerability resulting in dust and bacteria deposits in the passageways mentioned above.
Also, a physician should remember that since alopecia areata is not a standalone disease, but only a symptom of the uncontrolled immune system activity, same autoimmune bout may impact other parts and systems of a human body causing rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, exophthalmic goiter, discoid lupus erythematosus, pemphigus, dermatosclerosis, scleroderma, Hashimoto’s disease, etc.
And as a proof of my previous statement, Alopecia areata frequently happens in individuals with a family history of autoimmune medical disorders mentioned above. That’s why it is important to dig deep into the core of the problem in alopecia patients and to apply treatment constitutionally. Generally speaking, alopecia is only a cosmetic disorder, which would heal itself; hair will regrow, and it is only matter of time. The goal of the medical practitioner in alopecia areata cases is to fix the autoimmune system and to take it under control preventing other serious diseases that may occur.
Conservative treatment of boldness
The medicines listed below are frequently used by Western physicians for treatment of bold patches are:
Homeopathic treatment for alopecia areata
It is important to understand that these medicines produce no curing effect and while they may stimulate and support hair growth, not a single drug from the list prevents the development of new blotches, or in point of fact cures the principal dysfunction.
Homeopathic remedies, selected with constitutional properties of each patient in mind usually produce a significant healing effect and in most cases control and cure the core of the alopecia areata. The list of homeopathic remedies for alopecia is big and as we all known not complete. The primary reason for selection of the right homeopathic drug is the result of “like cures like” investigation and constitutional properties of each particular patient.
The list of the homeopathic remedies that I often use in hair loss cases consists of:
- Apis Mellifica;
- Arsenic Album;
- Calcarea Carbonica;
- Calcarea Phosphoricum;
- Kalium Carbonica;
- Kalium Phosphoricum;
- Hepar Sulphur;
- Carbo Animalis;
- Fluoric Acid;
- Rhus Toxicodendron;
Homeopathic medicine applies to the individual as a whole system. Thus, a physician chooses homeopathic remedies only after completion of the full individualizing assessment, taking into consideration current symptoms, medical and family anamneses, somatic, corporeal and emotional constitution, etc.
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