Who gets alopecia?

Anyone can have alopecia. It often begins in childhood. There is a slightly increased risk of having the disease if you have a close family member with the disease.

What causes alopecia Alopecia is an autoimmune disease. Normally the immune system protects the body against infection and disease. In an autoimmune disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body. In alopecia, the immune system attacks the hair follicles. The cause is not known.

Will my hair ever grow back?

There is every chance that your hair will grow back, but it may fall out again. No one can tell you when it might fall out or grow back. You may lose more hair, or your hair loss may stop. The hair you have lost may or may not grow back. Even a person who has lost all of his hair may grow all of his hair back. The disease varies from person to person.

How is alopecia treated?

There is no cure. There are no drugs approved to treat it. Doctors may use medicines approved for other diseases to help hair grow back. Talk to Sean Baruch  about the treatment that is best for you.

How will alopecia affect my life?

Alopecia does not create pain or make you feel sick. You cannot pass it on. People who have the disease, are for the most part, healthy in other ways. Alopecia will not shorten your life, and it should not affect going to school, working, marrying, raising a family, playing sports and exercising.