Autoimmune Diseases Cause Hair Loss

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Definition

Partial or complete loss of hair is called alopecia.


Alternative Names

Loss of hair; Alopecia; Baldness; Telogen effluvium


Considerations

Hair loss usually develops gradually and may be patchy or all over (diffuse). You lose roughly 100 hairs from your head every day. The average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs.

Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount as they age. Baldness is not usually caused by a disease. It is related to aging, heredity, and changes in the hormome,

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