Hello all, I'm wondering if anyone can give me some insight as to whether alopecia areata is permanent or temporary. I've had it before, but it was much more rapid with multiple spots and starting growing back within 3-4 months after the initial hair loss. This time, I only have one spot that I noticed in July and it got bigger in September, remained relatively the same size until January and has now gotten a little bit bigger (from size of dime to a little bit bigger than size of a nickel). I've always been under the impression alopecia areata is temporary, but some sites say it could be permanent. However, I'm not sure if they're referring to alopecia areata totalis/universalis which I know has a lower chance of being temporary. But the small bald patches, are those always temporary or could they be permanent too?