Alopecia Areata Awareness

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata, the most common variation of the autoimmune disease, presents itself as round, smooth patches of hair loss in various sizes.

Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population overall, including more than 6.5 million people in the United States alone. This common skin disease is highly unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person.

In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal. In all cases, hair re-growth may occur even without treatment and even after many years.

Alopecia areata is a common condition that does not discriminate. It can occur at any age, and affects males and females equally. Adapting to a diagnosis of alopecia areata can be extremely difficult. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation has many programs that were created to ease the burden of all patients with alopecia areata.

All of the information on this page, plus much more can be found by visiting the NAAF website.

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