Important It is possible that the main title of the report Alopecia Areata is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Alopecia areata is a disorder characterized by loss of hair. Sometimes, this means simply a few bare patches on the scalp. In other cases, hair loss is more extensive. Although the exact cause is not known, this is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system, the body's own defense system, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the tiny structures from which hairs grow. Unpredictable hair loss is the only noticeable symptom of this disorder. Regrowth of hair may or may not occur. Hair loss is usually confined to the head and face, although the entire body may be involved.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation 14 Mitchell Boulevard San Rafael, CA 94903 United States Tel: (415)472-3780 Fax: (415)472-5343 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.naaf.org
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. 22100 Gratiot Ave. Eastpointe, MI 48021 Tel: (586)776-3900 Fax: (586)776-3903 Tel: (800)598-4668 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.aarda.org/
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse One AMS Circle Bethesda, MD 20892-3675 USA Tel: (301)495-4484 Fax: (301)718-6366 Tel: (877)226-4267 TDD: (301)565-2966 Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/
National Cancer Institute 6116 Executive Blvd Suite 300 Bethesda, MD 20892-8322 USA Tel: (301)435-3848 Tel: (800)422-6237 TDD: (800)332-8615 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.cancer.gov
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center PO Box 8126 Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126 Tel: (301)251-4925 Fax: (301)251-4911 Tel: (888)205-2311 TDD: (888)205-3223 Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Locks of Love 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3099 Tel: (561)833-7332 Fax: (561)833-7962 Tel: (888)896-1588 TDD: (561)833-7332 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.locksoflove.org
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc. PO Box 4121 Brick, NJ 08723 Fax: (732)543-7285 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Society for Immunodeficiencies 1-3 rue de Chantepoulet Geneva, CH 1211 Switzerland Tel: 410229080484 Fax: 41229069140 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.esid.org
AutoImmunity Community Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org
North American Hair Research Society Dept. of Dermatology Medical Center Blvd. Walke University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC 27157 Tel: (336)776-2768 Fax: (336)776-7732 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.nahrs.org/home/
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