In our second blogpost for alopecia awareness month, we are discussing what Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis is. For short we call it (AT) and (AU).
Alopecia Totalis is, per alopeciaonline.org, a more advanced form of alopecia areata. Alopecia totalis can result in all hair being loss from the scalp only. There are usually two different types of Alopecia Totalis. One type is where there is a sudden loss of all hair on your scalp and the other can originate and can tie in from Alopecia Areata, where you lose your hair in different patches, however this isn’t all the time.
According to hairlosstalk.com, Alopecia Totalis is a result of an autoimmune disorder which causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles.
Alopecia universalis is where you lose your hair from your scalp and all over your body. Alopecia unversalis is a type of alopecia areata. According to healthline.com, it differs from localized alopecia areata, which is where your hair is loss in patches and alopecia totalis which is the complete loss of your hair on your scalp only.
Alopecia universalis is hair loss from these places and you may experience itching or a burning feeling but not always in these areas:
- Body hair
- Scalp hair
- Pubic hair
Like the other forms of alopecia, alopecia universalis is an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system mistakes hair follicles as an invader, according to healthline.com. This means that the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles which triggers hair loss.
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If you are suffering from any of the above or would like to find out more please visit http://www.alopeciaonline.org.uk for more info regarding alopecia in general and support groups that you could join.