There are many different types of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male and female pattern baldness, is related to hormones and characterized by a receding hairline; alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles, and scarring alopecia is related to inflammation. The question is, wouldn’t it be great to not only grow new hair but also prevent future hair loss?
Can Alopecia Be Reversed?
Whether your hair loss is caused by hormones or an autoimmune disorder, regrowing your hair by using new medications and modifying your diet can be possible as long as you start treatment early. According to a 2017 article in Nature Reviews Disease Primers, hair loss becomes irreversible once the hair follicle is destroyed.
Alopecia Treatments That Work
According to American Association of Retired Persons, foods that strengthen the hair follicles and promote new hair growth include:
- Carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A and biotin, both of which promote hair growth.
- Salmon. Salmon contains Vitamin D, which stimulates hair follicles. Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that lubricate the scalp.
- Oysters. Oysters are high in zinc. Zinc promotes hair growth. It’s also important to note that vitamin A is necessary to absorb zinc properly.
“Recently, there have been dramatic advances in the treatment of the two most common forms of hair loss”, Brett King, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine tells ishonest Connect to Care.
In the past, some patients achieved new hair growth by usingcorticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medications) or topical immunotherapeutics (chemicals applied to the scalp, causing an allergic reaction that stimulates hair growth), and topical minoxidil which is used to help male-pattern baldness.
Breakthrough treatments include “oral minoxidil (not topical) for androgenetic alopecia (i.e. male pattern and female pattern hair loss) and oralJanus kinase (JAK) inhibitors for alopecia areata”, King says.
Don’t Wait. Get Help Today.
The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Speak to a medical professional today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.