Alopecia Areata - Patterns

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What are the different patterns of alopecia areata?

The most common pattern is one or more well-defined spots of hair loss on the scalp. There is also a form of more generalized loss of hair referred to as diffuse alopecia areata throughout the scalp. Occasionally, all of the scalp hair is lost, a condition referred to as alopecia totalis. Less frequently, the loss of all of the hairs on the entire body, called alopecia universalis, occurs.

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Comment from: US-TH, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I'm a 29-year-old woman and was diagnosed with alopecia areata three months ago after I found a small spot near my hairline in my bangs. I've always been super healthy, energetic, and slim, but have in the last 7 months experienced a ton of weight loss (a little over 10 pounds) and some hormonal upheavals I can't make sense of. I've got mixed feelings about the weight loss as I'm down to the size I wore in high school, which is great, but since I can't explain it and lost hair too, it sort of worries me. I panicked and started getting cortisone shots and have experienced some re-growth but the spot is spreading anyway and I feel like my hair overall is thinning. I think I will stop the shots, as I'm not sure it's worth it and wonder about side effects. I feel like I must have something wrong with my body to be experiencing an autoimmune problem like this and plan to change my diet to avoid anything "inflammatory" - who knows if it will help but I'm a huge believer in at least trying! More vegetables and less wheat and dairy never hurt anyone, I figure.

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Comment from: Marianne25, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have had alopecia areata since I was 12. The pattern I have is similar to the previous poster. When something very stressful happens in my life, I usually get 1 to 3 spots. Sometimes I will get way more. I get cortisone injections and they usually go away rather quickly. However, I have one extremely stubborn spot on the side of my head that has not changed even though I have had injections done twice.

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