Treatments of Traction Alopecia
Alopecia occurs when the immune system attack hair follicles where hair growth occurs and affects both men and women. Alopecia begins with clumps of hair falling out, usually in patches. In some instances, the hair may thin or alopecia may result in complete hair loss. Alopecia is not only an autoimmune disorder but may result from other factors as well. Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia which results in hair loss due to a pulling force applied to the hair. Pigtails and braids are a common form of traction alopecia. Trichotillomania is also another form of hair loss that results from obsessive hair pulling. It is not considered alopecia but is common in hair loss.
Alopecia affects around two percent of the population. According to WebMD “About 10% of people with this condition may never regrow hair.
You are more likely to have permanent hair loss if you:
- Have a family history of the condition.
- Have the condition at a young age (before puberty) or for longer than 1 year.
- Have another autoimmune disease.
- Are prone to allergies (atopy).
- Have extensive hair loss.
- Have abnormal color, shape, texture, or thickness of the fingernails or toenails.”
Currently, there is no cure for alopecia. While your hair may grow back within a year of hair loss there are still treatments you can use. Hair plays an important role in the appearance and can be emotionally challenging when hair loss occurs.
An injection of corticosteroids into the skin or scalp is a common medical treatment for hair loss. You would receive these injections every 4-6 weeks after discussing this with your doctor. There are also a plethora of hair re-growth treatments and ointments on the market; however, you need to be careful when investing in hair loss solutions. As of today, there is no “cure” for hair loss, but alopecia isn’t forever
A non-invasive solution would be to purchase a real hair wig or extensions from a professional stylist. It depends on the extent of your hair loss, but you will have a lot of options. Don’t worry alopecia is not the end! Many of you will see hair re-growth within a year and if not, you will find a custom wig that is perfect for you.