Are you aware that there are a number of different types of alopecia areata? The autoimmune skin disease, which causes hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body, exhibits a variety of symptoms varying in severity. Discover four of the different types of alopecia areata.
A condition characterized by the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body, alopecia universalis (AU) is an advanced form of alopecia areata. There is currently no cure for AU, but sometimes the hair regrowth occurs on its own. AU can be associated with other conditions such as thyroid disorders, depression, and atopic dermatitis.
A skin condition that leads to hair loss, alopecia totalis (AT) causes complete baldness of the scalp. It’s different from severe forms of alopecia areata since AT causes complete hair loss (arm hair, leg hair, etc.) over time. AT has been found to be more common in children and adults younger than the age of 40.
Characterized by patchy scalp hair loss, persistent patchy alopecia areata never develops into extensive alopecia areata. Women with persistent patchy symptoms experience inconsistent hair loss over a long period of time, but the scalp is never completely bald.
Diffuse alopecia occurs when the hair density over the entire surface of the scalp decreases over time. This may affect hair growth over the entire body, but it is more commonly restricted to the scalp. Due to a disruption of the normal hair cycle, diffuse alopecia usually occurs under the influence of a harmful agent.
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