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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is alopecia areata?

An autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own hair roots. This causes areas of hair loss which are usually patchy and round in shape.

Symptoms of alopecia areata

  • Hair loss

  • Scalp itch or discomfort, followed by hair falling out

  • Change in nail shape

Questions your doctor may ask to check for alopecia areata

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose alopecia areata

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

  • Did you have an itchy scalp before the hair started to fall?

  • Has your nail shape changed?

Treatment for alopecia areata

In some cases, hair may regrow without treatment. Otherwise, steroid creams or injection to the bald area may be useful. There are medications to help with severe cases.

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