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Alopecia Areata - Symptoms

Following are the symptoms of alopecia areata:

  • Hair fall in patches;
  • Excessive hair fall noticed on the pillow and in the shower;
  • Increase in the number of patches;
  • Hair loss from beard, moustache, eyebrow and other parts of the body;
  • Patches of baldness filling up while new ones appear;
  • Patchy hair loss after a period of stress.

The table below lists patterns of hair loss that alopecia areata can give rise to, along with their symptoms.

Alopecia totalis Alopecia universalis Diffuse alopecia areata Nail disease
Affects up to 5% affected individuals Affects less than 1% cases Sudden diffuse thinning of the scalp hair

Affects 10-50% people with alopecia areata

All scalp hair is lost All hair on the entire body is lost Regular pitting and ridging of nails is the most common finding