Alopecia (pronounced al-oh-PEA-sha) simply means hair loss. There are different types of alopecia. Alopecia UK is mostly contacted by people who have Alopecia Areata (including the condition in its Totalis and Universalis forms) and Androgenetic Alopecia (otherwise known as male or female pattern baldness) but we are proud to be a charity that supports people with all types of hair loss.
Alopecia Areata is a hair-loss disease that affects men, women and children. The onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent.
Androgenetic Alopecia is most common in older men and women. It affects approximately 50% of men over 50 and 50% of women over 65.
Although not damaging to physical health, hair loss can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health through its impact on confidence and self-esteem. Information and support, however, can play a key role in long-term coping strategies.
You can find more about the different types of alopecia, including scarring alopecias and telogen effluvium by clicking here.