If you have alopecia areata, you may have one or more of the following : 
  • Patchy hair loss: The problem often begins with 1 or more coin-sized, round, smooth, bare patches where hair once was. You may first notice the problem when you see clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower. 

    Hair loss occurs mostly on the scalp. But it can involve eyebrows, eyelashes, beards — any hair-bearing site. Patches vary in size.

Alopecia areata: It often begins with a round, smooth, bald patch.
  • “Exclamation mark” hairs: Often, a few short hairs occur in or at the edges of the bare spots. These hairs get narrower at the bottom, like an exclamation mark. 
  • Widespread hair loss: With time, some patients go bald. Some lose all their body hair, too. This is not common. Also uncommon is a band of hair loss at the back of the scalp.

Alopecia areata: With time, there may be lots of hair loss.
  • Nail problems: Alopecia areata also can affect your fingernails and toenails. Nails can have tiny pinpoint dents (pitting). They also can have white spots or lines, be rough, lose their shine, or become thin and split. Rarely nails change shape or fall off.

    Sometimes nail changes are the first sign of alopecia areata.

Alopecia areata: Nails can have dents, white spots, and roughtness.


Alopecia areata: Who gets and causes

Who gets alopecia areata?

People can have this type of hair loss at any age. It often begins in childhood. Some patients with alopecia areata have a family member who also has the disease.

What causes alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body's immune system attacks the body. When alopecia areata develops, the body attacks its own hair follicles. A person's genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss. 

People with alopecia areata may have a higher risk for:
  • Another autoimmune disease such as thyroid disease or vitiligo (patches of lighter skin appear)
  • Asthma and allergies, mainly atopic dermatitis (more commonly called eczema) and hay fever (nasal allergies)
  • Having relatives who have asthma, allergies, or an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes
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  1. i am suffering from alopecia:(

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