What is Alopecia?
Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the tiny cup-shaped structures from which hairs grow.
Research & Treatment
While there is neither a cure for alopecia areata nor drugs approved for its treatment, some people find that medications approved for other purposes can help hair grow back temporarily.
How to Cope
This is a common question, particularly for children, teens, and young adults who are beginning to form lifelong goals and who may live with the effects of alopecia areata for many years.