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Alopecia Specialist

Nelson Dermatology

Dermatologist & Cosmetic Specialist located in Gainesville, VA

Alopecia is a very common autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack healthy hair follicles, which ultimately leads to hair loss. If you notice that your hair is thinning or that you have bald spots, contact Nelson Dermatology in Manassas, Virginia, for an alopecia evaluation. With highly effective hair loss treatments available, you have nothing to lose. Book your alopecia consultation with Jennell Nelson, MD, and her team online or by phone today.

Alopecia Q & A

What causes alopecia?

When you have alopecia — medically known as alopecia areata — it means that your white blood cells attack cells in your hair follicles. It’s as if your white blood cells mistake your follicles for something harmful, even though they’re normal and perfectly safe. This causes your hair follicle to shrink in size and slow down in growth until ultimately, targeted hairs stop growing. 

While medical researchers aren’t clear why some people struggle with alopecia, they do recognize that this autoimmune disease runs in families. Your risk of developing alopecia is also greater if you have other autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

When should I see a dermatologist for alopecia?

You should have over 100,000 hair follicles on your scalp alone. At any given moment, up to 90% of those hair follicles are actively growing for as long as 2-6 years at a time. 

But the remaining follicles are resting (telogen phase). This phase, which lasts for up to three months, ultimately leads to the normal shedding of hair. It’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs every day. 

If you feel like you’re losing more than 100 hairs in a day or if your hair is coming out in clumps, it’s important to schedule an alopecia evaluation at Nelson Dermatology. It’s especially important to see a dermatologist if you’re losing your hair in patches the size of coins, or if your hair loss extends to your eyebrows or eyelashes. 

How does a dermatologist treat alopecia?

Nelson Dermatology providers are dedicated to helping you restore your natural hair growth. Your dedicated dermatologist spends time diagnosing your condition and ruling out related hair loss issues, such as fungal infections or medication side effects.

Once your dermatologist confirms that you have alopecia, they counsel you about which treatment options may be most effective for your needs. In most cases, you need to get started on a corticosteroid regimen to suppress your immune system so your hair can grow.

Nelson Dermatology provides alopecia solutions in injection, oral, or topical ointment formularies. You might also be a candidate for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair loss, which can stimulate new hair growth naturally. 

If you struggle with alopecia, contact Nelson Dermatology for a consultation today. You can book your alopecia appointment through the website or over the phone. 

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