Alopecia is a common word used to describe hair loss. Alopecia is used as a prefix to describe the type of hair loss. Alopecia is also used to describe autoimmune hair loss. Autoimmune alopecia can be patchy as seen with Alopecia Areata, can be the serpent type that effects the edges of the scalp hair as with Alopecia Ophiasis, total scalp Alpoecia as with Alopecia Totalis and total body hair loss as with the rare Alopecia Universalis.
Autoimmune alopecia can be temporary and self-correcting but can also be scarring. Scarring alopecia can cause complete destruction of the hair follicle. It is important to obtain correct diagnosis early on with autoimmune disorders and alopecia. Once you have correct diagnosis you can choose from treatment options that address both symptoms and causes. Understanding what triggered your auto-immune response will be beneficial. Autoimmune hair loss can be come from hereditary tendency but can also seem to have no trigger at all. When there seems to be no obvious trigger for autoimmune hair loss, health and history should be checked
Autoimmune Alopecia Hair Loss Sydney conditions:
- Patchy hair loss – Alopecia Areata
- Pattern of hair loss wrapping like a serpent around the edges of the scalp – Alopecia Ophiasis
- Localized patch of autoimmune hair loss – Alopecia Circumscripta
- Net like pattern of hair loss with irregular areas void of hair interspersed amongst areas of normal hair over the scalp – Alopecia Reticulated
- All scalp hair is affected with the surface of the scalp becoming totally smooth – Alopecia Totalis
- Loss of all hair on the scalp and body – Alopecia Universalis
- Unique form of alopecia beginning in a moth-eaten pattern – Pseudopelade
Autoimmune disorders are a broad range of related diseases where the immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs. The result is inflammation and various forms of damage. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases ranging from common to rare conditions.
Examples of autoimmune disorders include but are not limited to: Addison’s disease (adrenal), Asthma (airways), Autoimmune hepatitis (liver), Coeliac disease (gastrointestinal tract), Crohn’s disease (gastrointestinal tract), Diabetes Mellitis Type 1a (pancreas), Eczema (skin), Grave’s disease (thyroid), Guillain-Barre syndrome (nervous system), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (thyroid), Multiple sclerosis (nervous system), Pernicious anaemia (stomach), Primary biliary cirrhosis (liver), Psoriasis (skin), Sclerosing cholangitis (liver), Myasthenia gravis (nerves, muscles), Ulcerative colitis (gastrointestinal tract).
The main understanding should be of the term ‘autoimmune’. Supporting the immune system is positive practice. Many medical treatments focus on stopping the autoimmune attack. Combination therapy supporting and stopping can deliver a health support along with using medical recommended treatments topically and/or internally. With focus on base nutrition, health and building up the good bacteria required by a normal functioning immune system, the end result is usually a more sustainable solution.
Alopecia Hair Loss Sydney, Absolique Hair Health Clinic use and recommend combination therapy with base nutrition. This includes pH testing, organic minerals, essential fatty acids, water and fat soluble vitamins, additional antioxidants and immune support. Once base nutrition is in place in a pH balanced body, probiotics are used where possible to build up good bacteria in the gut to support immune function. As with all autoimmune disorders, results will vary depending on individual circumstances. Contact Absolique Hair Health Clinic for more information on Alopecia Hair Loss Sydney. Email Trichologist Sydney firstname.lastname@example.org or call our friendly reception team on 07 3229 3242.