Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp and sometimes other areas of the body.

Why does it happen ?

It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, leading to hair loss.

How does it look ?

The condition can range from small, coin-sized patches to more of hair loss. In some cases, complete loss of scalp hair (alopecia totalis) or loss of all body hair (alopecia universalis) can occur.

Treatment options include:

Lotions, injections, oral medications and in some cases, systemic medications or biologic therapies.

It's important for individuals with alopecia areata to consult with a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and management of the condition.