Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system accidently attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. The damage to the follicle is usually not permanent. Some experts do not know why the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Alopecia areata is most common in people younger than 18, but children and adults of any age can be affected. Women and men are affected equally.
Alopecia areata usually begins when stacks of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. In some cases the hair may become thinner without recognizable patches of baldness, or it may grow and break off, leaving short stubs. In rare cases, complete loss of scalp hair and body hair occurs. The hair loss often comes and goes-hair will grow back over several times in one area but will fall out in another area.
When alopecia areata results in patches of hair loss, the hair usually grows back in a couple of months. Although the new hair is generally the same color and texture as the rest of the hair, it is fine and white sometimes.
About 9% of people with this condition may never regrow hair. You are more likely to have permanent hair loss if you:
Have a family history of this condition.
- Have another autoimmune disease.
- Are prone to allergies.
- Have extensive hair fall.
- Have abnormal color, shape or texture of the nails.
Because hair is an important part of appearance, hair fall can result in feeling unsightly.
How does alopecia areata affect your life?
Alopecia areata does not affect you as another condition might: it is not painful, it does not make you feel sick, and it does not result in serious health problems. You cannot spread it to other people, and it should not interfere with school, work, or recreation.
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