Alopecia Areata Overview
What is alopecia areata?
A person with alopecia areata has hair loss that occurs in patches on the scalp. The cause of alopecia areata is unknown. For some reason, the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, causing inflammation and hair loss.
What are the symptoms of alopecia areata?
The most common symptom of alopecia areata is mild to severe hair loss.
How does the doctor treat alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata can be difficult to treat. Treatment for alopecia areata may include topical corticosteroids, anthralin therapy, corticosteroid injections, minoxidil, and finasteride.
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