What is alopecia?
Alopecia sounds like this - "al-o-pee-sha"
Everyone loses a little hair every day. But when you have alopecia, more hair than usual falls out and the hair becomes thin.
Patches sometimes appear where the hair has fallen out. Some children lose more hair than others.
Boys and girls of all ages and races can get alopecia.
No one knows why this happens yet.
The good news is that alopecia just makes hair fall out - that's all.
It doesn't hurt or make you tired, like a cold or chicken pox. So there's no need to go to boring old bed!
You can carry on playing, going to parties and having fun.
Hey! Auklet has alopecia, too. Look.
See? He's lost some of his feathers.
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Date: 21 June 2007