What Is Alopecia Areata?

Anyone who has just been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata or AA will need to understand what the condition is. This condition causes hair loss from some of all of the head. This may make some people want to consider wearing wigs to cover up the areas of baldness.

Types of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata causes bald patches on the scalp. This can then spread to the whole scalp where it is called Alopecia Totalis. This can also affect the entire skin in which case the condition is known as Alopecia Universalis. Anyone suffering from these conditions will need to find a solution for them. This will make it much easier to conceal any baldness.

Alopecia Areata

The most common type of this condition is where hair is lost in one or more spots on the head. Sometimes this might just result in hair loss in one area, while other times it might affect a few patches.

At times it only affects beards in this case the condition is called Alopecia Areata Barbae.


The causes of alopecia areta are not contagious. This means that the condition cannot be spread to other people. It is thought to be hereditary as you are more likely to suffer from the condition if you have other family members who also have the condition. It can also affect people more if they have autoimmune diseases.

This condition is actually a type of autoimmune disease where your own body will attack the hair cells and this prevents the growth of new hair.


Wigs and hair pieces can be used to cover up any baldness. This will help to make people more confident
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