Alopecia is an umbrella term under which various types of hair loss are grouped. These range from thinning in places to complete baldness and (in extreme cases) hair loss on the face and body. The term “alopecia” is often used as a short form for alopecia areata (circular hair loss), an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This is one of the most common types of alopecia – but there are other variants of hair loss, each with different characteristics and effects.
Changes in the hair, including hair thinning or hair loss, can also be signs of an underlying disease that should be paid attention to. It is important to talk to a doctor or trichologist (hair specialist) if you notice any changes in your hair density or condition.
What is alopecia caused by?
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Can hair grow back from alopecia?