Alopecia areata is a common type of non-scarring hair loss that can occur in any age and sex. Patches of baldness appear and can affect the scalp, facial or body hair. Hair regrowth is typical, but depends on many factors. Dr Ophelia will assess what risk factors you might have in order to have developed alopecia areata. For example having other members of the family affected, suffering with other autoimmune conditions and eczema are known risk factors. Alopecia areata is caused by the immune system attacking hair follicles.
Alopecia areata is a very active field of research in Dermatology, and effective treatment options now exist. Topical treatments, oral medications and injection therapies can all be effective at controlling the immune attack on the hair follicles and encourage hair re-growth.