• Alopecia Areata (Hair Loss) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 1 I am 35 year old female suffering from Hypothyroidism and I am also taking medicines for the same. I am suffering from terrible hair loss although there are no patches on the scalp so far. Is it possible that this may further develop into Alopecia Areata. What should I do?

    Since you have hypothyroidism, you are at risk of developing alopecia areata. Apart from following a healthy diet and some tips mentioned above, you can take the following steps.

    • Recognize signs of stress and work towards dissipating it. At work, reduce stress by learning to avoid long hours, not accepting unrealistic demands, setting realistic goals, accepting changes optimistically and not taking work related problems home. At home, air your grievances, share your problems and rest adequately.
    • Your diet should be balanced in vitamins, minerals and proteins.
    • Avoid using dyes and other chemical treatments like bleaching and perming hair.
    • Avoid washing your hair too frequently. Ideally you should wash your hair not more than twice in a week.
    • To avoid split ends, snip off the ends cleanly every 2 weeks. Otherwise the split may travel backwards to the root.
    • Avoid tight hair styles or elastic hair bands.
    • Do not use heated, spiked rollers frequently and never hold the hair dryer too close to the scalp.
    • Never use sharp combs or brushes.
    • Never brush or comb when the hair is wet and always use a towel to dry it gently.
    • Avoid over-zealous scalp massage or brushing.
    • And most importantly, ensure that your thyroid levels are normal with proper treatment.

  • 2 I am a housewife & I am suffering from hair loss since many years which was diagnosed as alopecia areata recently. I am tired of taking medicines every time. Are there any alternate measures that I can try at home?

    Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease and so it has to be treated medically. Nevertheless, you can definitely try out some of these effective tips to deal with hair loss.

    Regular scalp massage with coconut oil, neem oil or amla (gooseberry) oil helps in improving the circulation of the scalp and promotes hair growth. These oils can be used singly or in combinations.

    Onion juice and Aloe Vera applied to scalp is said to have a beneficial effect on hair fall.

    A combination of egg whites, curd and gram flour as a paste provides with the proteins for the scalp.

    But since you are suffering so frequently, you should also go for homeopathic medicines which offer you a long lasting relief and preventing relapses.

  • 3 What kind of diet can be given for Alopecia Areata?

    Foods rich in anti-oxidants like bright-coloured fruits and vegetables help in boosting immunity.

    Hair is basically a protein. So having a diet which includes protein-rich foods like eggs whites, lean meat, seafood, liver, milk, beans, sprouts and soy among others will provide with the proteins you need.

    Omega 3 fatty acids like flaxseeds, fish oils, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower are extremely beneficial for healthy hair.

  • 4 My husband is 54 years and has already lost almost all of his hair and my father-in-law was bald too. I don't want the same thing to happen to my 20 year old son. What should I do for prevention?

    It is true that alopecia areata cn be hereditary and your son is also prone to the same. However, there is no such thing as prevention of alopecia areata. The best thing you can do is give him a very healthy diet which will boost his immune system.

    Homeopathic medicines can be started to boost the immune system.

  • 5 I am 31 year old and have been suffering from hair loss since 8 years but diagnosed with Alopecia Areata 3 years back. Currently I am on medication for the same. I have been prescribed some lotions and tablets, but they are not helping me. Should I discontinue these medicines if I start HOMEOPATHIC Treatment?

    HOMEOPATHIC medicines start acting on the body immediately on starting the treatment. As you mentioned that the treatment is not helping you, you should discontinue them eventually under the guidance of a homeopathic physician as it is not advisable to stop them right away.

    On stopping the conventional medicines, it is possible that the disease returns with a higher intensity. Along with parallel HOMEOPATHIC treatment, you can gradually taper off your doses of the medicine.

  • 6 What happens if I stop the HOMEOPATHIC treatment?

    To avail maximum benefits of HOMEOPATHIC treatment, it is advisable to continue HOMEOPATHIC treatment till it is recommended by the doctors. However, even if you stop your treatment, do not worry of any side effects or the disease getting aggravated or returning back in full form.

  • 7 How long do I need to take Homeopathic medicines?

    The time taken for Homeopathy to treat Alopecia Areata depends upon the severity of the disease, intensity of the symptoms and the duration since the disease has started.

    Many times, it so happens that patients have already taken too many medicines, without actually getting the right treatment. Patients come to seek Homeopathic treatment as a last resort and by the time the disease may have already gone to advanced stages.

    However, perfectly chosen Homeopathic medicines are so powerful that they start acting immediately after they have been administered. Gradually, hair loss reduces quite noticeably and the patches also start getting new hair. But this is a very gradual process. A single hair takes as much as 1 year to reach to a length of 6 inches.

    So how long the treatment is required totally depends on each individual case.

    The right time to take a perfect homeopathic treatment is the moment you start experiencing symptoms. In this case homeopathy can treat the disease in a matter of few months

  • 8 Will homeopathy benefit me in case of alopecia areata? How so?

    Yes, definitely. Homeopathy provides excellent results in the reduction of hair fall, increase in growth of strong hair. Since Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition, Homeopathy becomes the obvious choice of treatment as homeopathy gives magnificent results in treating autoimmune disorders.

    The selection of the homeopathic remedy depends on the sensitivity and individual?s response to stimuli as well as the intensity and duration of the disease.

    More over autoimmune conditions are well understood in relation to mental levels of the patient by homeopathic way of case taking and prescribing, and if the treatment is given using those principles then the result is permanent.

  • 9 Is hair transplantation a solution for alopecia areata?

    No, it is not a wise choice of treatment of alopecia areata. In hair transplant, hair follicles from the healthy area are used as grafts to be placed on the affected area.

    Even if this is done, the body?s immune system will continue attacking the hair follicles even after a transplant. So the wise option would be getting the immune system treated so that the root cause can be taken care of.

    Homeopathic medicines work excellently on the immune system in boosting and strengthening it.

  • 10 Is there any treatment for alopecia areata?

    Since it is an autoimmune disorder, it becomes difficult to manage alopecia areata with conventional modes of treatment. The plan of treatment includes - Local topical steroids and oral steroids, Ultra violet A Phototherapy and Immunotherapy.

  • 11 How can alopecia areata be prevented?

    Alopecia Areata cannot be prevented. However, it has been seen that if the correct homeopathic constitutional remedy is taken for any other disease in the body, it boosts the immunity in such a remarkable manner that other ailments, including Alopecia can be kept in check. This is because Homeopathy treats the person as a whole, not just the particular disease. Following the right diet can also go a long way in keeping this disease in check.