Alopecia Areata, " Alopecia " for short, is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to target and attacks healthy cells, often aggressively causing the hair follicles not to grow. It is very similar to other autoimmune diseases. In most cases, having one autoimmune disease makes your body more susceptible to having others. In the case of Alopecia, The hair starts to fall out in small circles, close to the size of a quarter, depending on the severity of the inflammation it can spread to other parts of the body where hair can grow.
Although currently there is not a cure for Alopecia, it is TREATABLE. Treatment varies depending on the spread. Sometimes includes steroid treatments, oral steroids or nonsteroidal immunosuppressant. Don't be alarmed hair will never grow where its not supposed to grow. Everyone is different, its rare you find 2 people with alopecia on the same treatment plan.
There are 3 Types Of Alopecia
Alopecia Areata Patchy
Alopecia areata, the most common variation of the autoimmune disease, presents itself as round, smooth patches of various sizes.
Alopecia Areata Totalis
Alopecia areata totalis presents itself as the total loss of hair on the scalp
Alopecia Areata Universalis
Alopecia areata Universalis is the rarest form of alopecia areata and presents itself as the loss of hair over the entire scalp and body.
Alopecia does not discriminate, based on a person's gender or age. You can be asymptomatic and not notice that you have Alopecia until you notice the hair loss and then after seeing your DR are diagnosed. Alopecia can affect anywhere you can grow hair naturally.
STRESS is a major factor in having flareups.