Alopecia Specialist

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Restore Your Hair's Beauty: Alopecia Treatments in North Richland Hills

You may be surprised when you suddenly have a bald spot the size of a quarter on the top of your head or your eyelashes fall out. When you or your child experience sudden hair loss, you may have alopecia. The board-certified dermatologists at Northstar Dermatology in North Richland Hills, Texas, take the time to accurately diagnose alopecia and then devise a treatment plan to help you regrow hair or prevent further hair loss. Don’t despair if you have alopecia. Get an evaluation and treatment from experts by calling or booking an appointment online today.

Northstar Dermatology:
Dermatology located in North Richland Hills, TX. Also serving Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Fort Worth, TX.

Alopecia Q & A

What Is Alopecia?

Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that affects approximately 6.8 million women, men, and children in the United States. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body mistakenly attacks your healthy hair follicles, leading to hair loss in that area.

Unlike age-related balding, however, your follicles aren’t permanently damaged, so you may regrow hair in affected areas over time.

How Do I Know If I Have Alopecia?
In contrast to age-related balding, alopecia tends to occur suddenly. Alopecia also affects your entire body, so you could have hair loss on your scalp, head, or any other area of your body.

Signs that you have alopecia include:

  • Sudden, significant hair loss
  • Simultaneous hair loss and growth in different areas
  • Small round or oval bald patches on your scalp, beard, or body
  • Hair loss that’s limited to one side of your scalp or body
  • Hairs that narrow near the base, like “exclamation points”

If you have alopecia, you may also have brittle, pitted, or reddened fingernails.
Why Do I Have Alopecia?

Alopecia tends to run in families, but both parents must have a number of specific alopecia-related genes in order for their child to inherit it.

However, you can have alopecia even if your blood relatives don’t have it. Researchers believe that environmental factors can also trigger alopecia.

How Do Dermatologists Treat Alopecia?
Alopecia can’t be cured and no single treatment is effective for all individuals. If you’ve lost hair to alopecia, it may grow back on its own within a few months. It can also fall out again later.

During your alopecia consultation at Northstar Dermatology, your dermatologist examines the extent of your hair loss, the health of your follicles, and takes a complete medical history to determine which treatment will work best for you.

Some therapies that effectively treat alopecia include:

  • Phototherapy
  • Topical, injected, or oral corticosteroids
  • Topical immunotherapy
  • Minoxidil

Northstar Dermatology may also recommend relaxation techniques to minimize stress. You may benefit from joining an alopecia support group to help you manage the emotional ups and downs associated with chronic hair loss and regrowth.

To get help with alopecia, call Northstar Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

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