October 10, 2008
ALOPECIA – n. Medecine the absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows.
Alopecia Areata is the name that the condition is also commonly known by. There are three types of Alopecia Areata: Alopecia Areata Totalis, which is a total loss of hair on the scalp; Alopecia Areata Universalis, which is the loss of hair over the entire body; and simply Alopecia Areata, which is the loss of hair in round, smooth
patches. It is the result of the body’s immune system attacking its own hair follicles. Hair loss may be permanent or temporary. Visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation website for more information.
Turns out NBA player Charlie Villanueva suffers from Alopecia Areata.
I think it’s interesting, but I sure hope it never happens to me. I know some girls, though, who might go for a form of alopecia where they lose all the hair except on their heads. And I just thought of this, do you remember Powder? He must have had alopecia areata universalis! Mystery solved.