Alopecia Areata, also referred to as ‘Davey Kirts Syndrome’ or ‘Spot Baldness’ is a type of hair loss which typically causes patches of baldness on the head and or body. AA is a highly common hair loss condition which affects approximately 1 in 100 people. This means a huge majority of Britain’s population suffer with this.
What is Alopecia Areata and who is affected?
Anybody can suffer with AA, however it most commonly affects teenagers and children of all ages. Over 50% of people with AA will have developed their first hair loss patch before the age of 21.
AA is an Auto-immune disorder which targets your Follicles (Cells and connective tissue which surround the root of a hair). The Auto-immune disorder causes white cells to attack the Follicle which will cause your Follicle to go into a ‘resting phase’ causing hair loss.
What are the symptoms of AA?
Typically the first symptoms of AA are usually small bald patches which can be any shape but are more commonly round or oval. Your scalp where you have suffered the hair loss should look normal and be unscarred.
AA is normally a rapid processing condition and hair tends to fall out in a short period of time. You will find that your hair loss may occur on one side more than the other, this is not uncommon.
Can people catch AA?
AA is not a condition which is contagious. It has been known to occur more frequently in people who have affected family members. This suggests that AA may be hereditary.
A study took place with families which consisted of 2 or more AA sufferers, this resulted in strong evidence of Genetic association with an increased risk of AA. It is also more likely for you to suffer with AA if you have relatives with an Auto-immune disease.
Will AA improve over time?
AA affects everybody differently and is a very unpredictable type of hair loss. Some people develop a couple of patches which grows back fully, however this doesn’t occur in 100% of cases. AA can be very vigorous and can cause people to lose hair quite rapidly and can occasionally result in total hair loss (Alopecia Totalis). In some cases hair will grow back but then may fall out again. AA can affect people for a number of years. New hair growth may appear to be lighter than your natural hair colour or even white. This should improve with time.
How we can help
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