Alopecia areata

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What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammatory cells to target the hair follicle, thus preventing hair growth. It is characterized by patchy loss of hair often starting with a small round patch.

Common symptoms reported by people with alopecia areata

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with alopecia areata

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lidex cream)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
alopecia areata (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clobex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)

Data from patients with alopecia areata, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with alopecia areata

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lidex cream)
Perceived effectiveness
for alopecia areata (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
alopecia areata (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clobex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxiety attacks excessive sweating 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for alopecia areata (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased kidney function
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
alopecia areata (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with alopecia areata, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has alopecia areata on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 17
30s 64
40s 58
50s 38
60s 21
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 26
20-29 years 34
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 12
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 51
Female 163

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 110
Not Diagnosed 25

These charts show data from alopecia areata patients who have completed their condition history
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