Alopecia Areata: Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care


Published 9/28/21
alopecia fact sheet

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles. In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches on the scalp, but hair loss can also occur in eyelashes, eyebrows, and other hair-bearing areas of the body.

Although 700,000 people in the United States are affected by alopecia areata, there are gaps in research and challenges when it comes to insurance coverage.

This fact sheet from SWHR reviews common signs and symptoms of alopecia areata, risk factors and impacts of the disease, and treatment options.

SWHR thanks Eli Lilly and Company for their support of this educational work. 

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More Than Skin Deep: Assessing Gaps in Care for Patients with Alopecia Areata, Atopic Dermatitis, and Psoriatic Arthritis

SWHR recently convened a diverse working group of expert researchers, health care providers, patient advocates, and policy leaders for a roundtable discussion on the health, social, and economic impacts of these conditions on women.

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More than Skin Deep: Understanding the Impact of Autoimmune Skin Diseases on Women’s Health

Hosted by SWHR

On October 18, 2021, SWHR hosted a virtual public forum where panelists discussed the health, social, and economic impacts of autoimmune skin diseases on women – as patients, as caregivers, and as both.

October 18, 2021 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm EDT

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