What is it?
Alopecia Areata is a
Who can get it?
Anyone at any age can get alopecia areata. Most often, young adults and children are affected. Men and women are both equally affected.
What causes Alopecia Areata?
The causes and reasons for alopecia areata are unknown. Current research suggests it is caused by a problem with the immune system. In people with alopecia areata, for unidentified reasons, the body’s immune system disrupts normal hair formation when it attacks the hair follicles. Heredity seems to play a role as alopecia areata often runs in families. It is not contagious.
There are many in the medical community that believes stress may cause or contribute to alopecia areata. There is no proof of this currently, and several studies are looking at this.
Alopecia Areata Symptoms
The primary symptom of alopecia areata is round spots of
How is Alopecia Areata diagnosed?
It is important to have a dermatologist diagnose this disease. There are other
A dermatologist can usually diagnose alopecia areata through a visual examination. They look for “exclamation point
This condition will generally clear up on its own within several months to several years. About half of all people affected will grow their hair back within a year without getting any treatment. However, the condition can reoccur at any time. Reoccurrence is common.
The more widespread the
A doctor can prescribe several drugs, including creams and steroid injections. Many people also respond well to drugs that promote hair growth.
No one treatment works for everyone, and for some people, no treatments are effective. They just have to let the disease run its course. It is best to discuss the options with your doctor.
The effects or this disease are mainly psychological.
Due to social discomfort, many women with this disease will wear wigs.