September is Alopecia Awareness Month. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, Alopecia Areata is classified as an autoimmune condition, and the cause is unknown. People who develop Alopecia Areata are generally in good health. Occasionally, a few who develop Alopecia Areata may have other autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease.
Alopecia Areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes on other areas of the body. It affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%.
People of all ages, both sexes and all ethnic groups can develop alopecia areata. It often first appears during childhood and can be different for everyone who has it.
For more information, visit the National Alopecia Areata Awareness Foundation