Alopecia Areata Patterns

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. The most common Alopecia Areata patterns appear on the scalp, usually in small, localized spots. Additionally, this condition may manifest as a generalized thinning of the hair (called diffuse alopecia), or even hair loss over the whole body (alopecia universalis). In a man’s beard this ailment is called alopecia areata barbe.

While many people know about male patterned baldness, fewer are aware that women suffer from alopecia Areata patterns too. Female hair loss can happen to anyone at anytime, but may be exasperated by stress, illness, pregnancy and genetic factors.

When hair loss begins many women are wholly surprised and have no idea why they're losing hair. That's because the alopecia Areata patterns are not as easily recognized in women as they are in men, and also because there has not been a lot of public education about Alopecia Areata patterns in women until recent years

There Are No Age Barriers For Alopecia Patterns

Alopecia Areata patterns have no age barrier , women both young and old can have one instance of it or numerous outbreaks throughout their lives. If you notice a thinning of hair on your scalp or spots where the hair seems to be falling out and balding, it is very important to see a physician. There are illnesses that can cause these conditions, and alopecia is not necessarily at the root of your problems. It is much better to have an evaluation and diagnosis from which to proceed.

The most common type of alopecia Areata pattern in women is androgenetic alopecia. This is basically a hyper sensitivity to male hormones in the hair follicles on the scalp.

Unlike men, women's scalp won't develop that classic balding look we see so often in men, that is crescent shaped. Instead, you may notice hair thinning on the back of your scalp, thinning all over your scalp, breaches in your front hairline or thinning near the front of the scalp that doesn’t involve the hair line. Additionally, the hair is not uniform in diameter making for a very unnatural look and causing frustrations with stylizing.

3 Common Alopecia Areata Patterns

There are other types of alopecia Areata patterns that women may develop. For example, triangular alopecia typically begins in childhood, leaving behind only a few thin hairs. Scarring alopecia occurs in areas where the scalp has been damaged and the hair can no longer grow there.

Conditions in which the baldness becomes permanent can sometimes be helped with surgical hair procedures using healthy hair from other parts of the body, particularly the back of the head. Alternatively cosmetic options exist in the form of wigs.

Alopecia Areata patterns vary from individual to individual and circumstance to circumstance. Please know that your condition is wholly unique to you, which is why professional consultation is so important.

Alopecia cannot be cured, but there are ways to handle your situation and decrease the overall stress involved. Of equal importance is finding support systems to help with the emotional issues tied to hair loss. You are not alone in your quest for understanding Alopecia Areata patterns.