In our last hair loss condition spotlight, we looked at trichotillomania- a hair loss condition which sees sufferers pull out their own hair.

This time, we’re going to take a look at a condition which is known as alopecia areata. The term alopecia means baldness or loss of hair and presents itself in a variety of forms in different people. However, this time we are simply focusing on the alopecia areata pattern.

What Is Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata affects around 15 in 10,000 people in the UK and typically presents itself as round, bald patches on the scalp.

It can happen to any gender of age, but typically occurs in children and teenagers, with most sufferers finding their first bald patch before the age of 21. However, the later the condition tends to appear, the milder the symptoms tend to be.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of alopecia areata usually appear on the scalp, but it isn’t uncommon for patches to appear on other areas of hair on the body such as the beard.

The main symptoms associated with alopecia areata include:

  • Round bald patches appearing on the scalp which can develop quickly.
  • Other than the bald patches, the scalp will look healthy.
  • Sometimes the sufferer will notice some mild redness, burning or itching of the bald patches.

The size of the patches can vary, especially if there are many patches in one area which all join to make one large patch.

How Does the Condition Progress?

Once a bald patch is forms, there are many ways in which the condition can progress. Often the patch of hair will eventually re-grow within a few months, but the new hair that grows in might be a slightly different colour altogether. This colour usually returns to normal after several months.

It’s not uncommon for several patches to appear at once, even if the hair has begun to grow back in some of the existing patches.

In about 1 in 10 cases, alopecia areata may affect your nails, making them look pitted or ridged.

As with many hair loss conditions, alopecia areata can make sufferers extremely self conscious about their appearance and for some it can become very distressing.

Here at DHI Manchester, we understand how upsetting it can be to be so conscious of your hair loss condition. That’s why we have a range of treatments available to help people with a wide variety of hair loss conditions feel confident again.

For more information on having a hair transplant in Manchester, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today by calling 0161 8393769 where you will be able to discuss your options in a professional, considerate way.