Many people suffer from hair loss. Often, it is a genetic condition which results in male-patterned balding or thinning hair in men and women. Another form of hair loss is alopecia areata. This is when the hair falls out in round patches. It is often seen on the scalp but can affect other parts of the body as well. Hair can grow back but may fall out again. This condition not only affects your looks but your self-esteem as well. If you are experiencing alopecia areata then come into Essential Dermatology to get a diagnosis and treatment plan started.
What Causes Alopecia Areata?
Anyone can get alopecia areata, it often begins during childhood. You are more likely to get this condition if a family member of yours has it. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body attacks its own hair follicles which causes them to die. This results in bald spots. If you notice any symptoms of alopecia areata consult with a dermatologist to learn about your treatment options.
Symptoms of Alopecia Areata
- Patchy hair loss
- Widespread hair loss
- Short hairs occur in or at the edges of bald spots
- White spots or lines on the nails
- Thin nails
- Pitting in the nails
Treatments for Alopecia Areata
Hair often grows back on its own, but if you have been suffering from alopecia areata for a long time then there are certain remedial options. Though it cannot be cured, it can be managed. Depending on the severity of your condition, along with your medical history, goals, and personal concerns, Dr. Krathen will help choose a treatment plan for you. Often topical medications such as corticosteroids, minoxidil, and anthralin are used to help the hair grow back.
Schedule a Consultation
If alopecia areata is affecting, you then talk to Dr. Krathen about treatment options. To get started, call our office at (508) 827-2615 or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.
Meet Dr. Michael Krathen
Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.