Alopecia means hair loss.
The hair can fall out on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.
Alopecia can cause different types of hair loss. Each of these types has a different name:
Alopecia areata (where the hair loss is in patches).
Alopecia totalis (where all hair on the scalp is lost).
Alopecia universalis (where all the hair on the body is lost)
There may be a total loss of the hair on the scalp or body.
Hair often grows back but may fall out again. Sometimes the hair loss lasts for many years.
Alopecia is not contagious. Actually what happens is that, the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss. This disease may occur in otherwise healthy people also.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body's immune system attacks the body itself. When alopecia areata develops, the body attacks its own hair follicles. Sometimes person’s genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss.
Signs and Symptoms
Patchy hair loss: The problem often begins with one or more round, smooth, bare patches where hair once was. You may first notice the problem when you see clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower.
Hair loss occurs mostly on the scalp. But at times it can also involve eyebrows, eyelashes, beards — any hair-bearing site. Patches vary in size.
Widespread hair loss: With time, some patients go bald. Some lose all their body hair, too.
Nail problems: Alopecia areata also can affect your fingernails and toenails. Nails can have tiny pinpoint dents (pitting). They also can have white spots or lines, be rough, lose their shine, or become thin and split.
Sometimes nail changes are the first sign of alopecia areata.
Acid Flour: Acid Flour has marked action in treating symptoms associated with alopecia. Falling of hair after fever. Hairs are brittle. Itching of the scalp worse from warmth.
Sulphur: Sulphur is a chief remedy for alopecia. Scalp is dry with falling of hair due to tinea capitis. Hair fall worse after washing. There is also itching and scratching of the scalp causing burning. Scalp is sweaty.
Selenium: Falling of hair from head and other parts of the body leaving bald shiny patches.
Phosphoricum Acidum: Falling of hair due to weakness.
Mezereum: Hair mats up and falls with eczema of the scalp.
Natrum Muriaticum: Hair becomes thin and falls .
Silicea: Hair falls out in bunches.
Kali Sulphuricum: Falling of hair in bunches with bald spots with much dandruff.
Rxhomeo COMBO # 2: A homeopathic combination pack with two single remedies Acid Flour and Sulphur for treatment of alopecia.