Who is affected by alopecia?

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Who is affected by alopecia?

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answered Jul 27 by FGjple (6,130 points)
Anyone can be affected by alopecia and women and men can get alopecia equally.

Women tend to be more affected by alopecia than men are but it affects both men and women and anyone of any race.

Alopecia also known as alopecia areata is a disease that happens when the immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss.

Hair follicles are the structures in skin that form hair.

While hair can be lost from any part of the body, alopecia areata usually affects the head and face.

Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent.

It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part of aging.

Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it's more common in men.

Alopecia areata isn't usually a serious medical condition, but it can cause a lot of anxiety and sadness.

Support groups are out there to help you deal with the psychological effects of the condition.

If you lose all your hair, it could grow back.

In most people, new hair eventually grows back in the affected areas, although this process can take months.

Approximately 50 percent of people with mild alopecia areata recover within a year.

However, most people will experience more than one episode during their lifetime.

Most people know alopecia to be a form of hair loss.

However, what they don't always know is that there are three main types of the condition alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.

The patches of hair loss can grow larger. Sometimes, the patches grow larger and become one large bald spot.

Other signs that you may have alopecia areata include: Gray and white hairs often remain where you have hair loss.

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