Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out in round patches. Alopecia areata affects both men and women and can occur at any age. The cause of the condition is not well understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for alopecia areata, but treatments are available to help manage symptoms and encourage hair regrowth. These may include topical, injected or oral corticosteroids, topical minoxidil, and in rare cases, a systemic medication. Support groups and counseling can also be helpful for individuals affected by alopecia areata.

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