What is Aolpecia Areata?
”Patchy baldness” mostly on scalp, it can affect other areas of the body also. Like eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair (beard, moustache), nasal hair and give rise to bald spots anywhere in the body. It is due to a mix of immunological and hormonal factors. Alopecia Areata can affect both genders and any age group. Approximately 2% of the general population worldwide suffers from Alopecia Areata.
- In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches about the size of a small coin.
- There may be single or multiple such patches.
- In some cases patches remain static.
- In some cases the patches may spread to involve larger areas of the scalp.
- In some cases, hair loss is more extensive. Although it is not very common,
- The disease can progress to cause total loss of hair on the head (Alopecia totalis)
- In few there can be even complete loss of hair on the head, face, and rest of the body (Alopecia universalis).