Tapered hairs in AA
Tapered hairs are seen in "active" alopecia areata. Unlike exclamation mark hairs, tapered hairs are long hairs rather than short hairs.
Tapered hairs are caused by massive inflammation in the bottom of the hair follicle (called the bulb). Many tapered hairs will break off and become exclamation mark hairs. Some tapered hairs will fall out of the pore and be shed.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887