Is Alopecia Areata Contagious
Is Alopecia Areata Contagious?
The answer is no. Alopecia areata is definitely not contagious, and we'll tell you why.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles of your body tissue, may it be on your scalp or elsewhere on the body, thus suppressing or stopping hair growth.
Why does Alopecia Areata occur?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which means that your immune system becomes overactive and attacks the body's own cells.
The immune cells gather around the affected hair follicles and attack them, failing to recognize them as the body's own, causing mild inflammation which leads to weakening of the hair roots and falling out of hair, causing bald patches.
The reason for this is not known, but infection, certain medications, environmental factors and sudden extreme stress could act as possible triggers, inducing an overactive reaction from the body's immune system.
When do I suspect having Alopecia Areata?
If you've ruled out other causes of hair loss like nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, lifestyle factors, infections and more, then you should get a consult from your trichologist or dermatologist to probe deeper into your hair fall troubles.
Also, you're more susceptible to it if there is a history of someone suffering from it in your family or if you yourself suffer from an allergic condition or other autoimmune conditions like diabetes, anemia, thyroid disorders, vitiligo, lupus, etc.
Why is Alopecia Areata not contagious?
As we've learned, alopecia areata is a mistaken immune response. Because it is not caused by any virus or bacteria, there is no organism to spread it. So it cannot be contagious to others or even to other parts of your own body.
Alopecia areata is neither painful, nor contagious; it causes no loss of body function and no interference with school, work, and social life. But it can be the cause of sudden and severe shedding of hair, affecting your self-image and confidence. Getting it consulted, diagnosed and treated at the earliest is recommended so that you may preserve your precious locks.
For any doubts, consultation, and treatment, contact us at HairMD Clinic.