What is it?

Alopecia universalis (AU) is a condition that causes hair loss. Unlike alopecia areata, which causes patches of hair loss, or alopecia totalis which causes complete hair loss on the scalp only. AU causes hair loss on your scalp and body.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of alopecia universals include losing hair on:
- Body
- Eyebrows
- Scalp
- Eyelashes

Diagnosis

Your healthcare provider can usually diagnose AU upon observing the pattern of hair loss. Sometimes, he or she may order a scalp biopsy to confirm the condition.

Treatment

The treatment aims to slow or stop hair loss. Your healthcare provider may suggest treating AU with:
- Topical or oral corticosteroids.
- Topical immunotherapies
- Ultraviolet light therapy
- Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) - a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis but may used to treat AU as well.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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