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Alopecia Barbae: An Explanation for Bald Spots in your Beard
Patches of hair loss in the beard is a special type of hair loss known as Alopecia Barbae. This situation is characterized by little circular shaped spots of facial hair loss. It is a kind of alopecia and falls in the same class of hair loss as male pattern baldness. For the most part, the the cause of facial hair loss is somewhat of a mystery and no one knows what triggers Alopecia Barbae. Your body may or may not begin regrowing hair in that area.
Causes and Impacts on your Health
Alopecia Barbae is not harmful but can be ugly and upsetting to men who suffer through it. It isn't correlated to any other health issues and doesn't affect your overall health. It is fairly typical for men who experience patches of facial hair loss to experience it again at another point in time though the barbae form of alopecia does not indicate or boost your probability for other varieties of alopecia or hair loss.
Alopecia Barbae is a relatively rare kind of alopecia. Just about 2% of folks experience a kind of alopecia areata where hair falls out in sporadic areas. Epidemiologists reason it is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy human tissue because it imagines the body is under attack. Hair follicles are targeted in patients with alopecia. The very roots of the hair follicles become inflamed and your hair can fall out sometimes in just a couple of days.
Treatments and Therapies
There are a number of, mostly topical, treatment options for hair loss. Dermatologists generally handle this hair loss with cortisone shots. Little amounts of cortisone are injected into the area of the baldness. It's for the most part seen as a safe therapy although negative effects can include skin thickening or sunken areas in the skin at the area of the injection that generally heals itself over time.
Creams and ointments are frequently used therapies. Anthralin, a psoriasis drug, can also treat bald patches from alopecia. It is left to sit for about one hour before being washed away. This treatment needs to be applied each day and it can take anywhere from three to four months before you witness hair growth. Minoxidil is another topical treatment that diluted to 5% is ideal for stimulating hair growth; it is marketed in the United States under the brand name of Rogaine.
Experiencing Alopecia Barbae can seriously decrease a man's self-worth. Though the condition does not harm your physical health, culture commonly thinks that spots of baldness to signify significant illness and responds by avoiding that individual. Remedies can help many men regenerate all or part of their beard. Many men just choose to always shave their face so that others cannot see the condition.
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