Living with Alopecia Areata

How do you diagnose Alopecia Areata?

The diagnosis of Alopecia Areata is fairly straightforward to perform by a dermatologist. Often, a dermatologist can make a conclusion from looking at the extent of hair loss and then by examining a few hair samples under a microscope.

  • Visual evaluation - examine the extent, speed, and locations of hair loss
  • Examine hair follicles - review under a microscope
  • Scalp/skin biopsy - remove a small piece of scalp/skin for analysis

Additionally, blood tests might be performed if additional autoimmune diseases are suspected.