Alopaecia means “hair loss” and there are many types of this condition. The most common is androgenetic alopaecia in men (male pattern baldness) and sometimes this can affect women. Alopaecia can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health through its impact on confidence and self-esteem. Information and support, however, can play a key role in long-term coping strategies.
The exact cause of alopecia areata (one type of alopaecia) isn’t known, although it’s generally agreed it’s a disease of the immune system. In alopaecia areata, your immune system attacks the affected hair follicles by mistake.
Most causes of non-androgenetic alopaecia are reversible and temporary.