Alopecia areata is recognizable as hair loss in circular patches, generally in the scalp or beard area. It is a completely benign condition and sometimes self-limited, as hair can grow back by itself. Alopecia areata is said to be caused by the immune system attacking hair follicles and causing fallout, often brought on by traumatic events or stress. In-office treatments include small cortisone injections into the affected areas to suppress the immune system locally and promote re-growth.
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