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May
02
Losing Hair? Here’s Everything YOU Need to Know About Hair Loss

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No one (at least as far as we know) like's the thought of losing their hair. It doesn't matter if you are in your 20's in the prime of your life or about to retire at the ripe old age of 65, a man or a woman, or even your sexual orientation. Hair loss is real and it doesn't discriminate. This article aims to accomplish one thing, give you a better understanding on balding, complete with relevant statistics, diagnostic criteria, available treatment options and more.


Nov
10
Alopecia Areata – What is it?

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Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease of uncertain aetiology (4). However, it is known that genetic predisposition and environmental factors contribute to the onset of hair loss (4). Hair follicles are immune-privileged sites – able to tolerate the introduction of antigens without an inflammatory response (2).

Recent studies have shown alopecia areata can only occur if hair follicles immune privilege is compromised (4). Resulting in the of the hair follicles being targeted by T-lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell that destroys cells that have become defective) (2).

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Figure 1: Break down of hair follicles immune privilege in alopecia areata (6).

Alopecia areata occurs in individuals that are genetically predisposed to it. The areas most susceptible to AA are the scalp and beard and eyebrows (5).

Alopecia Areata Symptoms

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