Alopecia areata (hair loss)

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Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss. Learn about different types of alopecia areata and possible treatment options.

Key points

  • Alopecia areata causes hair loss.
  • The doctor will diagnose alopecia areata by examining your child.
  • Sometimes the lost hair grows back on its own.
  • There are some treatments that will help treat the bald patches that exist, but they cannot stop new ones from forming.
  • If your child is embarrassed about alopecia areata, changing hairstyles or wearing a wig may help.
Last updated: June 17th 2013