Published November 1st, 2016 by Stephanie
Male-pattern baldness may not be the most enjoyable part of growing old, but there are ways to treat the condition and ways to deal with thinning hair in a dignified manner that don’t demand that you resort to comb-overs or toupees. Much like watching your hair turn gray, going bald is just something that millions of men and even millions of women simply have to learn to live with.
However, there are other forms of baldness that aren’t quite so dignified. After male and female-pattern baldness, the most common hair loss disease is known as alopecia areata. Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system in millions of Americans to attack the hair follicles in a particular area, causing them to shrink or to die off entirely. This results in patchy bald spots that generally appear on the scalp but can show up on any part of your body where hair grows.
Far from being a normal part of aging, alopecia areata creates a patchy baldness which looks more like mange or some other parasitic disease. But there may be a treatment in the works: two drugs known as JAK inhibitors have recently passed through the FDA approval process to treat two separate but related diseases, diseases which relate in turn to alopecia. And while the drugs can’t cause hair follicles to regrow once they’ve died off completely, they can restore dormant and shrunken follicles to full size and full production as the pressures caused by the autoimmune disorder ease off.
All told, 75 percent of patients in a small-scale study restored over 50 percent of their hair, and some managed to reach almost 100 percent. And even after the study ended and the medication stopped, most of the hair problems that came back weren’t as bad as they were before.
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