Alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness, is a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Often it results in a few bald spots on the scalp, each about the size of a coin. Psychological stress may result. People are generally otherwise healthy.

The main symptom of alopecia areata is hair loss. Hair usually falls out in small patches on the scalp. These patches are often several centimeters or less.

Hair loss might also occur on other parts of the face, like the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard, as well as other parts of the body. Some people lose hair in a few places. Others lose it in a lot of spots.

You may first notice clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower. If the spots are on the back of your head, someone may bring it to your attention. However, other health conditions can also cause hair to fall out in a similar pattern. Hair loss alone isn’t used to diagnose alopecia areata.

Treatment FAQs: 

How do I organize my life with hair loss?

Alopecia Areata patients generally enjoy good physical health. However, hair loss always presents an emotional challenge. The hair loss is often followed by psychological problems, which can become bigger as hair loss continues. To cope with the mental pain induced by hair loss, patients should mobilize their internal forces, find out more information about the illness and get the support of others. There are many people who are self-confident and happy with this disease. In some cases, however, psychological help is required to achieve the necessary level of self-esteem.

Can this hair loss be prevented?

No. When and whether someone can become affected by Alopecia Areata is unpredictable. Therefore, one cannot take any precautions

Can the disease have psychological causes?

Although there are studies suggesting a link between stress and Alopecia Areata, the theory that Alopecia Areata is triggered by stress is speculative and very controversial. Certainly, it is not a bad idea for people with Alopecia Areata to try to control their stress levels more effectively. Proper stress management can help to stabilize the patient emotionally.

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