What are the signs and symptoms of alopecia areata?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Alopecia areata most often is asymptomatic, but some patients (14%) experience a burning sensation or pruritus in the affected area. The condition usually is localized when it first appears, as follows:

  • Single patch - 80%

  • Two patches - 2.5%

  • Multiple patches - 7.7%

No correlation exists between the number of patches at onset and subsequent severity.

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