The Condition Alopecia Areata

Although it is very unlikely, it is possible for a person to inherit alopecia areata.

However the majority of children who have the condition alopecia areata do not necessarily have a parent who suffers with it and most parents do not pass it onto their children.

Alopecia areata is different to those genetic diseases where there is a 50-50 chance of developing the condition if one of the parents suffers the disease.

But experts do believe that there could be a number of predisposing genes to expose certain people to developing the disease.   

Alopecia areata is still not a certainty whatever a person's combination of genes is.

For example, if one twin who shares the same genes as the other develops the disease, there is approximately a 55% chance the other twin will develop the disease also thus proving there are other reasons along with genetics which will trigger the disease.  

There is a very good chance that a person who suffers from alopecia areata will find their hair will grow back although it will probably fall out again.

The disease varies from person to person, so where some people only lose a couple of patches of hair, before their hair regrows and often find that the disease never reoccurs, others may find their hair grows then continuously falls out again.

Some lose hair only on their head whereas other people may lose hair all over their face and body. The likelihood of hair re-growth still remains a possibility though.  

Some people find their hair growth can be white initially before gradually retuning to the original hair colour.

Alopecia is very unpredictable and you can never be certain of what will happen next.

This is often the most frustrating part of the disease. There are no definite answers as to what will happen to your hair.  

Although there are no cures for alopecia or a specific approved drug for its treatment, many people find that certain medications which have been approved for other medical reasons can assist the hair to grow back, even if it is only temporary.  

Many people who have alopecia ask themselves how they will live with alopecia and its effects on their lives.  

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It is no way a painful disease and physically does not make a person physically sick.

It cannot be contagious and sufferers are usually otherwise healthy.

Life expectancy is not reduces and the ability to achieve one’s life goals are not usually affected.  

However, there is a very strong emotional aspect to living with hair loss and this is the most challenging part of the disease. 

One way to cope is by learning as much as possible about the disease and speaking with others who are either facing the same problem or who have experienced it in the past.

Counselling can be helpful in building a positive image for yourself.  

Living with alopecia can be hard, especially in those cultures that view hair as a meaning of good health and youth.

However if you don't come to terms with the problem of Alopecia, you set yourself up for years of misery.


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