‘A general medical term used to describe patches of hair loss that may come and go’
Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune condition. The immune system (the body’s natural defence against bacteria and viruses) for unknown reasons, attacks the hair follicles causing hair to fall out. Fortunately the damage to the follicles is temporary and the hair is capable of re-growth, usually within a few months. It is more common amongst people already suffering from auto-immune conditions and aged between 15-29, although it can occur at any age and is affects 1-2 people in every 1000 in the UK.