Western New York Dermatology has Alopecia Areata Treatment near Buffalo.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body.
The immune system is responsible for attacking and damaging the hair-making cells in the skin causing hair to fall-out in round patches on the body.
- These patches occur quickly, and this is a major difference from the usual male and female pattern hair loss, where there is more gradual thinning over time.
More than half the cases of alopecia areata start in childhood, and over 80% start by the age of forty years old.
While hair loss is most noticeable when it occurs on the scalp, alopecia areata can affect any hair-bearing area of the body, including the beard area of men, arms, legs, etc.
- Hair loss typically occurs in localized circular areas most commonly on the scalp and in the beard areas.
- An area of skin from which hair is lost typically looks normal.
- More severe forms may lead to complete baldness, or even hair loss throughout the body.