Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs in patches, often described as, “bald spots.” It is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system inappropriately attacks the hair root, stopping hair growth.

Symptoms

Sudden and rapid loss of hair loss in a patch, and more rarely, all of the hair on the body. This hair loss can occur anywhere there is hair on the body, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, or beards. Cases of Alopecia Areata have been associated with stress and stressful events.

Treatment

The hair can also grow back on its own, but the hair loss can recur. If the hair loss is bothersome, or concerning for cosmetic reasons, there are treatments to assist hair regrowth. Injecting corticosteroids into the areas experiencing hair loss is currently the most effective treatment. Usually more than one round of injections is necessary and can be performed by our providers. Other options that are discussed include topicals and oral medication.

When to Make an Appointment

On its own, Alopecia Areata, is not necessarily harmful or concerning. However, this condition can pose a large cosmetic concern and psychological impact. Contact us and our office can help.