Alopecia areata (1)

Alopecia Areata: Treating Patchy Hair Loss

If you’re struggling with premature hair loss, you’re not alone. More than 80 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience significant hair loss at some point during their life.

Alopecia is the umbrella medical term for hair loss. While some forms of alopecia may be caused by stress, injury, or other outside factors, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder. With this type of hair loss, the body attacks its own hair follicles, leading to patches of hair loss. The extent of hair loss will vary from person to person and the extent of their condition. While it cannot be cured, treatments can allow the hair to grow back.

What Causes Alopecia Areata?

It is not known why people develop this autoimmune disorder. It is generally believed that a person’s genetics may trigger this reaction. Although, in some cases, a virus or substance, when combined with genetics, could also lead to alopecia areata. It cannot be predicted whether someone will get it; however, it is more common among those who have one or more family members with an autoimmune disorder.

What Treatments Are Available for Treating Hair Alopecia Areata?

As stated above, alopecia areata cannot be cured, but the following options can help treat the autoimmune disorder and allow for hair growth. Medications have been found to be the most effective option for treating this condition so far.


Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatories that are used to treat autoimmune disorders. They can be taken orally, injected into the scalp, or applied to the skin as a cream or ointment. The results of this treatment may take some time to notice, especially since hair takes time to grow.


Rogaine is a topical medication often used for pattern baldness. However, it may also be effective in treating alopecia areata. When using this treatment regularly, it takes approximately 12 weeks to see hair growth.

There are other medications available as well. It’s recommended that you speak with the professionals at ADF Dermatology and Skin Surgical Center to learn more about your treatment options.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have alopecia areata and are interested in learning more about your treatment options in Sarasota and Port Charlotte, FL, contact ADF Dermatology and Skin Surgical Center. Their board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Fernandez, is an active member of the medical community as a member of several different organizations. Contact their Sarasota location at (941) 906-7546 or their Port Charlotte location at (941) 743-7546 to schedule an appointment.


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