Alopecia Areata Symptoms

The One Main Alopecia Areata Symptom ~ Hair Loss
The major problem with Alopecia areata symptoms is there virtually are none prior to actually seeing hair loss. Other than a small balding patch on the head, or some hairs that may look like exclamation points, there is nothing that may point to alopecia at all. This makes this condition probably one of the most frustrating conditions known to man.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is defined as a condition that causes hair loss in specific regions. It is an autoimmune disease in which a person's body attacks hair follicles, literally killing the growth. When this happens, hair starts falling out in round or oval regions. Some people only loose a little, others a lot, and others still experience balding in more than one area. (Too much doctor speak)?

Let's break it down a little bit. What that definition basically says is that your body attacks the hair follicles, for some unknown reason, causing the hair to fall out. It is the whole unknown reason part that really gets to sufferers. If you do not have a reason, then you do not have a cure either.

How can you combat something that has no real symptoms? Unlike a cold of the flu, where you have a fever or a stuffy nose, and you know that you are sick, alopecia sneaks up on you, and your hair just starts to fall out in a round pattern on your scalp. The hair in that spot looks a bit like an exclamation point.

But unless you really know what you are looking for it takes a professional to diagnose this condition. Many times, if your doctor thinks that alopecia areata is the issue, he may order a biopsy of the affected scalp to rule out everything else. This really, when all things are considered, is a wise course of action when it comes to your health.

Usually, alopecia areata symptoms will start as a round bald spot, about the size of a quarter, on the scalp. The hairs that surround it will look like an exclamation mark, being smaller on the end closer to the scalp. In severe cases, you can lose all the hair on your body, including the hair in your nose, which could cause some brutal issues with allergies, since the hairs in your nose help to filter the air that you breathe and keep many of the common allergens out.

So what are you really looking at?

While the symptoms of alopecia areata may seem like a bad thing, there is good news. Usually, the hair will grow back in six months to a year. Only about ten percent of sufferers experience significant hair loss and continue to do so.

These individuals often have history of alopecia areata in the family that seems to increase the chances not only for developing the disease but also for repeat breakouts. Like any other medical condition, alopecia areata symptoms must be evaluated by your doctor. Talk to him. He will help you to decide what the best course of action is, and how to treat your alopecia areata symptoms the best way for you.