There are different kinds of hair loss that affect people. Alopecia areata is one of them. An overview by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation goes over what you need to know about this type of hair loss.
Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes other areas of the body. It affects about 6.8 million people in the US with a lifetime risk of 2.1 percent. People of all ages, genders, and ethnic groups may develop alopecia areata.
There is more than one kind of alopecia areata and the type you have will determine your clinical outlook and potential treatment.
Alopecia areata patchy is the most common form resulting in one or more hairless patches on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. Alopecia totalis is the total loss of hair on the scalp, and alopecia universalis is the total loss of hair on the whole body.
Currently there is no cure for alopecia areata, but your hair may grow back as the follicles are still active.
The cause of alopecia areata is not very well known. It is an autoimmune disease meaning that the body’s own immune system starts attacking the follicles. The exact cause of this is unknown and is considered to be a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Due to the complex nature of this disease, it’s also difficult to predict whether or not children will inherit it from their parents.
All kinds of alopecia areata involve some form of hair loss. There is no way to predict the pattern or the amount of hair loss or whether the hair will grow back. Alopecia areata is different for every person with the condition.
Treatments are available and include various medications. For people with long term hair loss, regardless of the cause, hair transplantation or scalp micropigmentation can be used as a treatment. These procedures are offered at Vinci Hair Clinic at our many clinics worldwide. Contact Vinci Hair Clinic to learn about your options.