Alopecia Areata In Children – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Alopecia areata refers to a kind of disease that affects hair growth. In extreme cases it can also lead to complete baldness among children.

According to reports around 4 million people in US are affected by alopecia areata that starts from childhood. Even though there is no cure for alopecia in children, there are treatments available that may help your child grow back his hair.

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What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system sends signals to white blood cells to attack healthy hair follicle cells. This causes the hair follicles to shrink, resulting in varying degrees of visible hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the face and body. While there is no known cure for alopecia, the condition can resolve spontaneously. Once the immune system stops attacking the healthy cells, it is possible for hair to grow back during the next hair cycle.

The word alopecia derives from Ancient Greek, which translates roughly to “fox disease,” because foxes shed their fur twice a year. The word areata means “occurring in patches or circumscribed areas.

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This Model Is Embracing Her Alopecia—And Showing Off An Amazing Wig In The Process

Lara Kitchen, 20, lost her hair due to alopecia. She posted an Instagram video featuring herself without a wig to prove she’s not ashamed, and with one to show how incredible wigs can be these days.

A model in Australia who lives with hair loss due to alopecia is hoping to raise awareness of the autoimmune disease. Lara Kitchen, 20, recently posted an Instagram video showing herself with and without a wig—and it’s been viewed more than 43,000 times in one day. “Doing this is the scariest thing I have ever done in my entire life,” Kitchen writes in the caption of the video, which starts to the tune of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and shows Kitchen with words like “acceptance” and “brave” written on her face. She details how she began losing her hair in clumps when she was 14, and it greatly impacted her upbringing. Kitchen says she became “the girl that ‘wore a wig,'” and rumors went around that she had cancer.

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