Alopecia (hair loss)
A condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
An abnormality in the immune system that damages hair follicles. This abnormality leads to autoimmunity, a misguided immune system that tends to attack its own body. As a result, the immune system attacks the tissues of the body.
It’s rare, but you can lose all the hair on your head (alopecia areata totalis) or entire body (alopecia areata universalis). Each case of alopecia areata is different. Sometimes, hair grows back but falls out again later. In others, hair grows back for good.
Sandalwood, lavender, rosemary, and thyme oils have been used to treat hair loss for over 100 years. A compound in them is thought to boost hair growth. You can try rubbing one or more of these oils into your scalp for at least 2 minutes every night. Then, wrap your head in a warm towel to help it absorb.