Many people do not realise that Alopecia Areata, which affects around two per cent of the global population, is not actually a hair loss condition; it is classed as an autoimmune disorder.
Autoimmune disorders cause the body to turn against itself in particular ways depending on the specific type. Alopecia Areata occurs when the body mistakenly attacks a number of hair follicles in the scalp, causing patchy hair loss.
In the more severe strains of Alopecia Areata it targets a wider range of hair follicles; the whole head in cases of Alopecia Totalis, leading to baldness of the whole scalp plus sometimes eyelashes, eyebrows and facial hair will also be affected. Where the entire body is targeted in cases of Alopecia Universalis, this causes complete hair loss from head to toe.
The hair follicles are not harmed in any way, they simply enter a suspension period, disrupting the normal hair growth cycle which prevents any further hair production until the coast is clear. This is why, in many cases of Alopecia Areata, the hair will suddenly start to grow back of its own accord.
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