Shocking! Real Cause Of Alopecia Revealed, How To Prevent Alopecia
A dermatologist has revealed three major environmental causes of Alopecia.
Dr Sebastian Oiwoh, a Dermatologist and Venereologist at the Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo state, warned against these three environmental causes of Alopecia.
Dr Oiwoh said that relaxing hair, using hair straighteners and tight hairstyles can cause the disorder.
What is Alopecia?
This is an autoimmune disorder that leads to the loss of hair, especially in areas where it used to grow.
Dr Oiwoh also confirmed the definition of alopecia. He further explained that the following can lead to the loss of hair on his head:
- Chemicals in relaxers.
- Tight hairstyles that create bumps on the scalp.
- Hot combs and straighteners make the hair dry and weak.
The Dermatologist said that Alopecia does not only affect the head but can occur in any part of the body. He said the affected area can be:
- The eyebrow.
- The pubic hair.
- Hair on the head.
- Hair on the legs.
He explained further that Alopecia is simply the loss of hair in any part of the body where hair used to grow.
Dr Oiwoh said:
“Chemical relaxers, straightening of hair, tight braids and other hairstyles, as well as other grooming practices on the hair of an African woman, have been implicated in some forms of alopecia.
“CCCA is the most common scarring alopecia affecting African women. It starts from the crown of the head and may cause itching, scales, and pain.
“It can result from hair grooming practices although genetic mechanisms have been reported in some Africans.”
The medical expert said that grooming hairstyles can also cause Alopecia. This is often referred to as central centrifugal cicatricial Alopecia.
JAMAA open, an online health portal in the US of A explains the CCC Alopecia.
“central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia is a disease characterised by permanent hair loss in the crown region of the scalp, inflammation, and scarring.
“It occurs almost exclusively in black women aged 30 to 55 years. It is estimated that CCCA may affect up to 15 per cent of black women, but the precise number of individuals affected in the general population is unknown.”
It further describes the symptom of CCCA as hair breaking and thinning in the crown of the scalp.
“The area of thinning hair expands over time and progresses to more severe, permanent hair loss. Some patients experience burning, itching, tenderness, redness, scaling (flaking), and acne-like pimples or bumps in the region of hair loss.”
Dr Oiwoh confirmed that there is no universal treatment for Alopecia. The only common ground is to manage the condition and address the cause.
“for the best management of hair loss, the person involved must first visit the nearest Dermatologist.
“The comprehensive care is hinged on knowing the specific type of hair loss that can be gotten through specific questions to know the risks or causes.
“Then the general and specific examinations of the affected area as well as all parts of the skin and other parts of the body. This is so because many hair loss forms a part of many other diseases in other parts of the body,” he advised.
Source: PUNCH Health Wise