Going bald is something most people dread. It is fairly common in men. Women too lose hair though it is in form of thinning mostly in the crown area. Hair loss can be caused due to a number of health related conditions. The number one enemy of hair is known as Androgenic Alopecia or male pattern baldness which is a genetic condition. Alopecia Areata comes in next. It is also the world’s most prevalent autoimmune disease.
Hair loss does affect the overall personality of a person but in case of male pattern baldness, it can be reversed with the help of certain medications and hair transplants. However, in case of Alopecia Areata, these options do not work since there is no cure or treatment for the condition. Even transplanted hair are most likely to fail and success is very rare.
A Look into Alopecia Areata
The loss of hair due to this condition is generally in form of round patches though they can take different shapes. Generally a person has these patches on the scalp. If the entire hairs on the scalp are lost due to this condition, it is known as Alopecia Totalis. The effects can also be on the other parts of the body and in case the hair of the entire body are lost, the condition is called as Alopecia Universalis.
The condition does not spread on contact. The only useful way to manage the condition is to wear a wig in case of hair loss on the scalp. No proper treatment has thus far come to the fore for this skin related condition.
The study was done on 1000 samples to ensure that there is a reliable result that is obtained. The scientists were able to isolate eight possible genes that may have some role in the onset of Alopecia Areata. One gene was found to be the main factor behind problem.
The impact of this find will be enormous. The doctors in future should be able to predict the extent of hair loss caused by this condition. It should also help the drug manufacturers to further study the condition and come up with medications that can treat hair loss. This study is certainly an important step towards the cure of Alopecia Areata.
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