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What Is Alopecia Areata?


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When the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, notable hair loss occurs on the scalp. Known as Alopecia Areata, the syndrome most commonly affects adults and children under 20, but does often occur at any age as well. Women and men are affected equally, but the emotional trauma associated with hair loss can be much more scarring for women. Most recognizable by missing patches of hair, loss occurs in clumps, leaving sections of the scalp smooth, round and bald. In some cases, hair loss is minimal and results in just thinning, however, the most severe cases cause the complete loss of scalp and body hair. Fortunately, there are ways to rectify Alopecia Areata, and learning about the condition in this week’s blog will help you decide on the best solution. Let’s begin.

What Causes Alopecia Areata?

About 10% of people with Alopecia Areata may never regrow hair. You’re more likely to experience complete hair loss from alopecia if you have a family history associated with the condition. Genetic predispositions are the most common cause of hair loss later in life. If you’ve experienced hair loss from alopecia as a young adult, or for longer than a year, it is more likely you’ll experience complete hair loss. Additionally, if you have an autoimmune disease, are prone to allergies, have experienced extensive hair loss before, or have abnormal color, shape, texture or thickness of the fingernails or toenails the condition is more likely to occur. While Alopecia Areata cannot be cured, it can be treated to prevent further hair loss.

How is Alopecia Areata Diagnosed?

The condition is usually diagnosed by physical examination. You doctor looks for patterns in your hair loss, will ask you questions about specifics such as where it usually occurs, how advanced it is, and will examine your scalp as well. He/she may even tug gently on a few strands to test follicle strength. A hair analysis may also be necessary. This is when your doctor takes a sample of your hair and examines it under a microscope to determine what’s causing it to weaken. He/she might administer a blood test, as well, to test for an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. Because hair regrowth is uncertain, once you’ve been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, wearing wigs is always a viable option.


Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.

At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at with any questions or concerns.


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