Autoimmunity and Alopecia Areata
Because affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person’s own immune system (white blood cells), resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage, alopecia areata has been characterized as an autoimmune disease.
The following articles may be of interest if you would like to learn more about the alopecia areata/autoimmune connection.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
MD Anderson Cancer Center
American Academy of Dermatology
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology