Alopecia areata – Research into causes and treatments

What is Alopecia areata?

The Latin term means ‘Baldness; occurring in patches’. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease, causing patchy hair loss on areas of the body, most commonly on the scalp or face.

  • Alopecia (pronounced: al-oh-PEE-shah) is ‘baldness’ in Latin – Partial or total hair loss.
  • Areata (pronounced: ar-ee-AH-tah) means ‘occurring in patches’.

The most common examples of small, hairless patches on the scalp (picture below), beard and body can often resolve spontaneously or with treatment.  However, regrowth may be unpredictable and the problem could reoccur over many years.  The rarer types of alopecia areata can cause complete hair loss of the scalp (‘Totalis’) or even the entire body (‘Universalis)’.

alopecia areata bald spot patches

Alopecia areata bald spot

An autoimmune disease is where the body’s antibodies attack its own tissues, in this case, your healthy hair follicles.  As a result, it causes the hair follicles to reduce in size, slow down in production and therefore may stop hair growth in the affected areas.

Your hair follicles actually remain alive, this means for some people hair could regrow and not fall out again.

Hair loss is usually in coin-shaped round or oval patches in the common form.  It can actually occur on any area of the body that normally grows hair but is mostly seen as patches on the scalp or face.

 

Treatment options and other research

There are several treatment options available, but this is an unpredictable condition hence the best option is always to seek professional medical advice.  Your doctor can also refer you to a skin specialist.

This site is dedicated to the research and furthermore the quest for information on Alopecia areata.  We intend to publish general information and ideas related to the condition, into logical hopefully easy to read topics and areas.  We will update it regularly as new noteworthy information presents, or especially when we find new potential treatments.

Please explore the research contained in any of the below topic links or by using the menus at the top of the page.

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There are already many Alopecia Areata books available which go into great detail on the disease here are some of the most popular and new releases: –

Alopecia Areata: A Clinician’s Guide Hardcover – 29 Jun 2018

Alopeacia Areata — A Clinician’s Guide is written for dermatologists as well as internists dealing with the comorbid conditions that often accompany alopecia areata.  Offering the reader a comprehensive look at the material regarding alopecia areata, this book is divided into several  sections: One section encompasses the detailed overview of alopecia areata including its epidemiology, etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment options; another section provides information and content about different comorbidities in patients with alopecia areata; the third section contains case studies of patients diagnosed with alopecia areata, including their signs, symptoms, lab tests, clinical management, and treatment; and the last section covers  research studies on this disease. Complete with full-colour photographs of patients before, during, and after the disease to accompany the various sections,

 Alopecia areata is an unpredictable disorder that affects more than two and a half million men, women, and children in the United States and Canada. Causing patchy hair loss on the scalp and sometimes elsewhere on the body, this mysterious, noncontagious condition can be treated but it cannot yet be cured. Alopecia Areata: Understanding and Coping with Hair Loss is a sensitive yet straightforward guide to the diagnosis and treatment of this poorly understood disease. With great compassion, the authors explain how hair loss can profoundly affect a person’s quality of life. They discuss what it means to be diagnosed with alopecia areata, and provide medically reliable information on the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment options. Thompson and Shapiro also offer practical strategies for living with alopecia areata, which can go in and out of remission without any apparent reason. They discuss the physical and psychological adjustments to wearing a hairpiece and give pointers on selecting, securing, and maintaining a wig, whether human hair or synthetic, custom or ready-made. Alopecia Areata includes a chapter devoted to the special needs of children with this condition and concludes with an epilogue that tells the story of a day in the life of a woman with alopecia areata, illustrating the various challenges she faces and the strategies she uses to cope with these challenges

 

Alopecia Areata is commonly misspelt – You will often see searches for incorrect spellings including “what is alopesia” – Which of course should read “What is Alopecia?”

I’ve listed some of the more common misspellings, to try and help those using the incorrect search terms to still find the information they are looking for.

  • alopecia areats,
  • alopecia sreata,
  • salopecia areata,
  • alkpecia areata,
  • alopecia areafa,
  • alopecia arsata,
  • alopdcia areata,
  • aloprcia areata,
  • alo0ecia areata,
  • aloplecia areata,
  • alopecia aeeata,
  • al0opecia areata,
  • qalopecia areata,
  • alopeciq areata,
  • aolopecia areata,
  • alopecia areqta,
  • aloipecia areata,
  • awlopecia areata,
  • alpopecia areata,
  • aplopecia areata,
  • alopecja areata,
  • alopefia areata,
  • alkopecia areata,
  • apopecia areata,
  • slopecia areata,
  • zlopecia areata,
  • alopscia areata,
  • alopecia zreata,
  • alopecia areaga,
  • alopecia a4eata,
  • alooecia areata,
  • alopecia ardata,
  • alopecia qreata,
  • azlopecia areata,
  • alopecia areatw,
  • alo9pecia areata,
  • aslopecia areata,
  • alopecia aresta,
  • aoopecia areata,
  • alop4cia areata,
  • alo0pecia areata,
  • alolpecia areata,
  • alop3cia areata,
  • aloopecia areata,
  • alopecia areaya,
  • alop0ecia areata,
  • alppecia areata,
  • alopecia ateata,
  • al9opecia areata,
  • alokpecia areata,
  • alopecia area6a,
  • aklopecia areata,
  • alopecia area5a,
  • zalopecia areata,
  • alopescia areata,
  • allpecia areata,
  • aloppecia areata,
  • alolecia areata,
  • alopecia ar4ata,
  • wlopecia areata,
  • allopecia areata,
  • alopwcia areata,
  • qlopecia areata,
  • alopedia areata,
  • alopec9a areata,
  • alopsecia areata,
  • alipecia areata,
  • alo-ecia areata,
  • alopecia ar3ata,
  • alopeciz areata,
  • walopecia areata,
  • alopecia arwata,
  • alopecia areats,
  • alopecia sreata,
  • salopecia areata,
  • alkpecia areata,
  • alopecia areafa,
  • alopecia arsata,
  • alopdcia areata,
  • aloprcia areata,
  • alo0ecia areata,
  • aloplecia areata,
  • alopecia aeeata,
  • al0opecia areata,
  • qalopecia areata,
  • alopeciq areata,
  • aolopecia areata,
  • alopecia areqta,
  • alopecia areats,
  • alopecia sreata,
  • salopecia areata,
  • alkpecia areata,
  • alopecia areafa,
  • alopecia arsata,
  • alopdcia areata,
  • aloprcia areata,
  • alo0ecia areata,
  • aloplecia areata,
  • alopecia aeeata,
  • al0opecia areata,
  • qalopecia areata,
  • alopeciq areata,
  • aolopecia areata,
  • alopecia areqta,
  • aloipecia areata,
  • awlopecia areata,
  • alpopecia areata,
  • aplopecia areata,
  • alopecja areata,
  • alopefia areata,
  • alkopecia areata,
  • apopecia areata,
  • slopecia areata,
  • zlopecia areata,
  • alopscia areata,
  • alopecia zreata,
  • alopecia areaga,
  • alopecia a4eata,
  • alooecia areata,
  • alopecia ardata,
  • alopecia qreata,
  • azlopecia areata,
  • alopecia areatw,
  • alo9pecia areata,
  • aslopecia areata,
  • alopecia aresta,
  • aoopecia areata,
  • alop4cia areata,
  • alo0pecia areata,
  • alolpecia areata,
  • alop3cia areata,
  • aloopecia areata,
  • alopecia areaya,
  • alop0ecia areata,
  • alppecia areata,
  • alopecia ateata,
  • al9opecia areata,
  • alokpecia areata,
  • alopecia area6a,
  • aklopecia areata,
  • alopecia area5a,
  • zalopecia areata,
  • alopescia areata,
  • allpecia areata,
  • aloppecia areata,
  • alolecia areata,
  • alopecia ar4ata,
  • wlopecia areata,
  • allopecia areata,
  • alopwcia areata,
  • qlopecia areata,
  • alopedia areata,
  • alopec9a areata,
  • alopsecia areata,
  • alipecia areata,
  • alo-ecia areata,
  • alopecia ar3ata,
  • alopeciz areata,
  • walopecia areata,
  • alopecia arwata,
  • al0pecia areata,
  • alopwecia areata,
  • alopecka areata,
  • alopecia wreata,
  • alopec8a areata,
  • alopecis areata,
  • alopecoa areata,
  • alopecua areata,
  • akopecia areata,
  • alo-pecia areata,
  • alopecia arewta,
  • alopecia afeata,
  • aqlopecia areata,
  • alop-ecia areata,
  • aliopecia areata,
  • alopexia areata,
  • alopewcia areata,
  • alopecia a5eata,
  • alopevia areata,
  • alopoecia areata,
  • alopecia arezta,
  • alopecia areatz,
  • alopecia areatq,
  • alopecia arrata,
  • alopecia areara,
  • al9pecia areata,
  • alopeciw areata,
  • alopecia adeata
  • aloipecia areata,
  • awlopecia areata,
  • alpopecia areata,
  • aplopecia areata,
  • alopecja areata,
  • alopefia areata,
  • alkopecia areata,
  • apopecia areata,
  • slopecia areata,
  • zlopecia areata,
  • alopscia areata,
  • alopecia zreata,
  • alopecia areaga,
  • alopecia a4eata,
  • alooecia areata,
  • alopecia ardata,
  • alopecia qreata,
  • azlopecia areata,
  • alopecia areatw,
  • alo9pecia areata,
  • aslopecia areata,
  • alopecia aresta,
  • aoopecia areata,
  • alop4cia areata,
  • alo0pecia areata,
  • alolpecia areata,
  • alop3cia areata,
  • aloopecia areata,
  • alopecia areaya,
  • alop0ecia areata,
  • alppecia areata,
  • alopecia ateata,
  • al9opecia areata,
  • alokpecia areata,
  • alopecia ar4ata,
  • wlopecia areata,
  • allopecia areata,
  • alopwcia areata,
  • qlopecia areata,
  • alopedia areata,
  • alopec9a areata,
  • alopsecia areata,
  • alipecia areata,
  • alo-ecia areata,
  • alopecia ar3ata,
  • alopeciz areata,
  • walopecia areata,
  • alopecia arwata,
  • al0pecia areata,
  • alopwecia areata,
  • alopecka areata,
  • alopecia wreata,
  • alopec8a areata,
  • alopecis areata,
  • alopecoa areata,
  • alopecua areata,
  • akopecia areata,
  • alo-pecia areata,
  • alopecia arewta,
  • alopecia afeata,
  • aqlopecia areata,
  • alop-ecia areata,
  • aliopecia areata,
  • alopexia areata,
  • alopewcia areata,
  • alopecia a5eata,
  • alopevia areata,
  • alopoecia areata,
  • alopecia arezta,
  • alopecia areatz,
  • alopecia areatq,
  • alopecia arrata,
  • alopecia areara,
  • al9pecia areata,
  • alopeciw areata,
  • alopecia adeata
  • al0pecia areata,
  • alopwecia areata,
  • alopecka areata,
  • alopecia wreata,
  • alopec8a areata,
  • alopecis areata,
  • alopecoa areata,
  • alopecua areata,
  • akopecia areata,
  • alo-pecia areata,
  • alopecia arewta,
  • alopecia afeata,
  • aqlopecia areata,