Alopecia Areata is a Hair Loss Condition which usually affects the scalp. Alopecia Areata will also affect other areas of the body with lack of hair growth. Alopecia Areata Hair Loss tends to be rather rapid and consists of several bald patches generally located on one side of the scalp. Round patches of hair loss characterize AlopeciaAreata, and are caused by a person’s own immune system. During Alopecia Areata a person’s own immune systems attacks the hair follicles. First a person will experience Sudden Hair Loss in certain areas of the body, followed by increased hair loss in the areas first affected by the Sudden Hair Loss, and finally new hair will grow back and replace the Lost Hair Patches. Alopecia Areata affects both males and females. This type of hair loss is different than male pattern baldness, which is an inherited condition, although Alopecia Areata in some instances will run in families.
Consider the various types and descriptions of Alopecia Areata:
- Alopecia Clesi
- Alopecia Circumscripta
- Jonston's Alopecia
- Patchy Alopecia
- Alopecia Universalis is total hair loss for the entire body.
- Alopecia Totalis is hair loss from the neck up.
- Alopecia Disseminata (Alopecia Diffusa) - is hair loss around the whole scalp and other parts of the body. Hair loss may be caused by nutritional deficiency.
- Alopecia Trichotillomania - Removing one's own hair by plucking or pulling (frequently seen in children).
- Alopecia Medicamentosa - Hair loss caused by cancer chemotherapy drugs.
Cortisone injections and creams as well as steroid injections and creams are often used to stimulate hair regrowth in people afflicted by Alopecia Areata. In close to half of all Alopecia Areata cases hair will regrow within one year without any treatment. As time continues to pass beyond a year hair regrowth without treatment becomes less and less likely. Always consult with your doctor before attempting to diagnose and treat Alopecia Areata.