Are you stupid? Can you not ready that it says it " USUALLY affects men and women" I don't think it just said men and women... So here is a link you idiot so you can read it here.. So next time maybe you should ready the post more carefully and see what the person is acually saying so you won't make yourself sound like a idiot. K?<quoted text>
no i do believe you are wrong. if you look it up on the internet it plainly states that children can get it too. i dont see how you call it just going bald because your hair comes back.
Alopecia Areata - Topic Overview
What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. Experts do not know why the immune system attacks the follicles. Alopecia areata is most common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected.
What happens in alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata usually begins when clumps of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. In some cases the hair may become thinner without noticeable patches of baldness, or it may grow and break off, leaving short stubs (called "exclamation point" hair). Rarely, complete loss of scalp hair and body hair occurs. The hair loss often comes and goes-hair will grow back over several months in one area but will fall out in another area.
When alopecia areata results in patches of hair loss, the hair usually grows back in 6 months to 1 year.1 Although the new hair is usually the same color and texture as the rest of the hair, it sometimes is fine and white.
About 10% of people with this condition may never regrow hair.2 You are more likely to have permanent hair loss if you:
* Have a family history of the condition.
* Have the condition at a young age (before puberty) or for longer than 1 year.
* Have an autoimmune disease.
* Are prone to allergies (atopy).
* Have extensive hair loss.
* Have abnormal color, shape, texture, or thickness of the fingernails or toenails.
Because hair is an important part of appearance, hair loss can result in feeling unattractive.
In some people, the fingernails and toenails become pitted-they look as if a pin had made many tiny dents in them. They may also look like sandpaper.
How is alopecia areata diagnosed?
Alopecia areata is diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination. Your health professional will ask you questions about your hair loss, look at the pattern of your hair loss, and examine your scalp, and may tug gently on a few hairs or pull some out.
If the reason for your hair loss is not clear, your health professional may do tests to check for a disease that could be causing your hair loss. Tests include:
* Hair analysis. Your health professional will take a sample of your hair and exam it under a microscope. A scalp sample is also sometimes taken.
* Blood tests, including testing for a specific condition, such as an overactive or underactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism).
How is it treated?
Because hair usually grows back within a year, you may decide not to treat alopecia areata.