Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that is common in both kids and adult and typically presents with a focal loss of hair that leaves a smooth area of the scalp without hair. Most of the time, the symptoms are not overwhelming, but the hair loss can be devastating to the individual.
Although the exact cause of alopecia areata is not fully understood, it is thought that the immune system is a little “hyperactive” and knocks out the hairs locally in certain areas; however, most individuals with this condition have an otherwise normal immune system.
Did you know that this type of hair loss sometimes is considered to be auto-immune meaning that in rare cases, you may have an abnormal thyroid? Your dermatologist does because dermatologists are the experts in hair loss.
Treatment is available and consists of topical prescriptions, local injections and sometimes prescription pills. Don’t let this condition affect your self-esteem. Seek treatment from your dermatologist.
Dermatology is the specialty that knows your skin and hair the best. Don’t wait, call your dermatologist today.