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Alopecia Areata (Patchy Hair Loss)

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Definition

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes round patches of hair loss.

Symptoms

  • Loss of all scalp and body hair (alopecia universalis)
  • Loss of all scalp hair (alopecia totalis)
  • Roundish patches of hair loss on the head
  • Smooth, hairless scalp in the affected areas

Hairs that look like exclamation points are sometimes seen at the edges of a bald patch.

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