Alopecia totalis and universalis are severe forms of alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. Alopecia totalis results in complete hair loss on the scalp. Alopecia universalis is a condition in which there is complete hair loss on the entire body, including the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, body and limbs.
- The exact cause of these conditions is not yet fully understood, but it is believed to be related to an autoimmune reaction in which the body's immune system attacks hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Both conditions can occur at any age and may start as patches which enlarge in size and number.
- Whilst there is currently no cure for alopecia totalis or universalis, treatments such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressives (including the FDA approved Jak inhibitor Baricitinib), may help to regrow hair in some patients.
- We recommend a consultation with our expert dermatologist and trichologist, Dr Sharon Wong. She can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and to manage the emotional and psychological impact of hair loss that may accompany these conditions.
- To book a consultation with Dr Sharon Wong, please contact us here or book a consultation online here.