Introduction To Alopecia
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alopecia patients are subject, there is a vast pool of education
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Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable,
autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp
and elsewhere on the body. This common but very challenging and
capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent of the population
overall, including more than 4 million people in the United States
alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is still not familiar
with alopecia areata, the disease can have a profound impact on
one's life and functional status, both at work and at school.
In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles
are attacked by a person's own immune system resulting in
the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia areata usually starts
with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp
and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or
complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).
Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races;
however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically
devastating. Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata is most
certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes,
and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on
the lives of those disrupted by this disease. For more information
The three paragraphs above are from the National Alopecia Areata
Foundation web site at
With Hair Loss Many other Web sites address the
hair loss and emotions encountered with alopecia, such as the NAAF
with the above link. The Web site is comprehensive with links to
support groups, etc.