How Long Does Alopecia Areata Last?

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The duration of alopecia areata varies and depends greatly on the person affected. Even if one recovers from alopecia areata, there is a chance that it may come back again in the future.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that causes a person's hair to fall out. The amount of hair that falls out varies, and for some people, only a segment of hair may disappear. Other people may become completely bald.

Alopecia areata can be found in people of all ages and both men and women. The disease can last for a person's entire life, while for other people, it may only last for a period of time. It varies based on the person and other medical factors.

There are several treatment options available for people with alopecia areata. Among these options are cortisone injections, which help promote hair growth, as well as medicated creams, according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Many people with alopecia areata will opt to wear wigs to hide the bald areas on their head.