A Definition of Alopecia Aerata
(Allo – peesha Ah – ree – ah – tah)
Alopecia Areata (AA) is a non-scarring, inflammatory, hair loss disease that can affect men, women and children. The factors that activate the onset of Alopecia Aerata and the mechanisms of its development are not fully understood.
*Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair 49/ on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 5 million people in the United States alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is still not familiar with alopecia areata, hopefully through the press and getting the word out through CreatedHair.com and people like you, this circumstance will soon be changed. The disease can have a profound impact on one’s life and functional status, both at work and at school.
*In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person’s own immune system (white blood cells), resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).
Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races; however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically devastating.
For women under twenty years of age, Alopecia has been known to occur many times spontaneously. Sometimes the hair will return and stay for years before falling out again. Sometimes the hair will never fall out again, staying forever.
Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on the lives of those disrupted by this disease.
The pressures of an image orientated society can make hair loss psychologically devastating for those affected, their families, and friends.
*Circumstantial evidence suggests Alopecia Aerata is an autoimmune disease where cells of an individual’s own immune system prevent hair follicles from producing hair fiber. It is not transferable through touch, blood, or saliva.
Amy Gibson, Founder/Client