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Alopecia Areata Symptoms

The most common alopecia symptom is hair loss that appears in small patches on the scalp; forming bald spots. These patches are often several centimeters or less and can even occur on other parts of the body. A person with alopecia areata may witness patches on the face, eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.

You may first notice clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower drain. However, other health conditions can also cause hair fall in a similar pattern. Therefore, hair loss alone isn’t the only alopecia areata symptom.

In rare cases, people may experience a more intense form of alopecia areata such as:

  • Alopecia totalis, which is the loss of all hair on the scalp or complete baldness
  • Alopecia universalis, which is the loss of hair on the entire body

The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies greatly from person to person. Therefore, it is imperative to know the other alopecia symptoms for its effective management. Following are the signs and symptoms of alopecia:

  • Well-defined spots of hair loss are formed on the scalp leading to bald patches.
  • Patchy hair loss can be seen after an episode of stress or trauma.
  • Evidently visible and increased number of bald patches scattered all over the scalp.
  • Existing bald spots fill up with new hair while other patches appear simultaneously.
  • Large areas of the scalp (involving the temporal and posterior scalp) are affected in a circular pattern. This is an alopecia symptom that occurs when the loss of hair is limited on the sides and lower-back of the scalp.
  • Hair loss occurs on the beard, moustache, eyebrow and other parts of the body.
  • In some cases, fingernails and toenails become red, brittle, and pitted.
  • Widespread dramatic thinning of the scalp hair is an alopecia symptom, also known as diffused alopecia areata. This is a more generalized form of alopecia symptom females and males experience.
  • Eventually, all of the hair on the scalp is completely lost resulting in baldness (alopecia totalis). This is a form of alopecia areata that begins suddenly and occurs rapidly.
  • In rare cases, individuals experience loss of hair on the entire body (alopecia universalis- an extreme form of alopecia areata).

The table below lists signs and symptoms of alopecia along with its forms.

Alopecia totalis Alopecia universalis Diffuse alopecia areata Nail disease
Affects up to 5% of the affected individuals Affects less than 1% of the total cases of alopecia areata Sudden diffuse thinning of the scalp hair

Affects 10-50% of the people with alopecia areata

All scalp hair is lost resulting in baldness All the hair on the entire body is lost Regular pitting and ridging of nails is the most common finding and alopecia symptom

 

FAQs

How do you know if you have alopecia?

The most important sign and symptom of alopecia areata is excessive hair loss that can be seen on the pillow and in the shower drain. The hair loss often appears as a round bald patch on the scalp. This condition is an auto-immune disorder that develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss in patches. There are several contributory factors and underlying medical conditions that cause alopecia. These factors can be hormonal changes, emotional/physical stress, eczema and even diabetes.

What are the main alopecia symptoms?

The main sign and symptom of alopecia is hair loss that appears in small patches on the scalp. These patches might also occur on other parts of the face, like the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.

How long does it take for alopecia to go away?

Alopecia areata (AA) causes hair loss in small patches that generally appear on the scalp. Usually, the bald spots appear suddenly and hair grows back within 12 months or less. But some people may experience severe alopecia symptoms that may result in complete baldness. Homeopathic treatment is known to aid in hair regrowth as it contains natural DHT [dihydrotestosterone]-inhibitors, making homeopathy a proven and effective hair treatment.

How do you stop alopecia?

Alopecia symptoms can be managed through lifestyle changes and improved nutrition. Healthy foods that are rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids are recommended to facilitate hair growth. Dr Batra’s ® NutriGood – for Hair Care helps you improve the intake of nutrients along with promoting hair growth. It is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex and Zinc that reduces hair loss and enhances hair quality. It also helps in reducing inflammation, increases blood circulation, boosts oxygen supply and repairs damaged hair follicles. Visit: https://products.drbatras.com/products/dr-batra-s%C2%AE-nutrigood-for-hair-care

Does Alopecia cause itching?

Although they can occur independently, there may sometimes be a link between alopecia and scalp itching. Fungal infections, allergic reactions to hair products and inflamed hair follicles can cause itchy scalp, damaging hair follicles further leading to hair loss. In other cases, if a person’s hair loss has led to the formation of scar tissue, this may also be a cause of itching. Similarly, alopecia areata is a condition that can cause scalp itchiness, burning and tingling.

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