Areata is recognized as an auto-immune disease of the scalp. By this we mean the
body perceives the hair follicles as being foreign to the host and attacks them.
Round balding patches upon the scalp characterize this condition. It exhibits
itself most often in pre-adolescents but can be found in all age groups and both
sexes. There is no known cure for alopecia areata but most symptoms of the
disease are limited to a few episodes.
three classifications of alopecia areata based upon the degree of hair loss.
They are alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis. The
aeratas tend to be the milder form of the condition with less hair loss.
Alopecia totalis on the other hand is marked by total loss of hair on the scalp.
The most severe form being alopecia universalis which produces hair loss over
the entire body.
the various forms of alopecia is based upon the degree of hair loss. The less
severe cases are normally treated with topical medications. The more severe
treated with both topical and internally consumed agents.