You may be surprised when you suddenly have a bald spot the size of a quarter on the top of your head or your eyelashes fall out. When you or your child experience sudden hair loss, you may have alopecia. The board-certified dermatologists at Northstar Dermatology in North Richland Hills, Texas, take the time to accurately diagnose alopecia and then devise a treatment plan to help you regrow hair or prevent further hair loss. Don’t despair if you have alopecia. Get an evaluation and treatment from experts by calling or booking an appointment online today.
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that affects approximately 6.8 million women, men, and children in the United States. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body mistakenly attacks your healthy hair follicles, leading to hair loss in that area.
Unlike age-related balding, however, your follicles aren’t permanently damaged, so you may regrow hair in affected areas over time.
Alopecia tends to run in families, but both parents must have a number of specific alopecia-related genes in order for their child to inherit it.
However, you can have alopecia even if your blood relatives don’t have it. Researchers believe that environmental factors can also trigger alopecia.