Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes other areas of the body. In this condition, the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), which causes the hair loss. As many as 6.8 million people in the United States have this condition (Source: National Alopecia Areata Foundation).
Symptoms of this condition usually begin during childhood and can be different for everyone who has it. A hallmark of this condition is losing your hair in round patches. Alopecia areata can also affect your fingernails and toenails. These nail changes are sometimes the first sign of the condition and include:
- Loss of shine
- Pitting (tiny pinpoint dents)
- Thinning and splitting
- White spots or lines
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