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What is alopecia areata?

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Alopecia areata often starts suddenly and causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults. This condition may result in complete baldness (alopecia totalis), but in about 90% of people with the condition, the hair returns within a few years.

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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