Each September, Alopecia Awareness Month aims to educate the public about hair loss and its effects on patients. It is thought approximately 90,000 people in the UK suffer with Alopecia Areata, an immune disease which sees patients experience patchy areas of hair loss. However, this isn’t the only form of hair loss you can suffer from.
Hair loss affects men, women and children worldwide. So, what exactly is it and why is September’s Alopecia Awareness Month so important?
What is Alopecia Awareness Month?
Alopecia Awareness Month runs throughout September each year. It focuses on educating about the types of hair loss, the causes and potential solutions available.
Alopecia is the medical term given to hair loss and there are different types you can suffer with. While it is often seen as a natural occurrence of getting older, hair loss can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life. Not all hair loss is natural and there are treatments out there to help.
Each year, Alopecia charities and organisations host a range of events to mark Alopecia Awareness Month. This year, Alopecia UK is creating a special video series as part of a campaign. In it, viewers will be shown headwear options they can use to disguise their hair loss.
Patients also tend to use the month to talk about their own experiences in the hope of helping others. It is a crucial annual event, spreading awareness of conditions which affect millions of people.
Understanding the different causes of hair loss
If you want to seek treatment for your hair loss, it is imperative to locate the cause. This is because there are a wide variety of hair loss treatments out there, and they are designed to work for specific conditions. So, what are the common causes to be aware of?
Age is one of the most common causes of hair loss in both men and women. As we get older, the hair strands start to narrow in width. Some of the follicles can also stop producing new hairs, resulting in an overall thinning.
Hormones can be another major contributor to hair loss conditions. In women, the menopause is renowned for causing the hair to thin and fall out. This is down to a reduction in female hormones throughout the body. Similarly, in pregnancy women often find their hair starts to fall out shortly after giving birth. This is again down to changes in hormones disrupting the hair cycle.
Other potential causes include stress, a poor diet, health conditions and medications. It can also occur as a direct result of a trauma or accident. With so many different causes of hair loss, it is vital you undergo a consultation to determine what has triggered your hair loss.