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Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia Areata (Overview)

A disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. You rarely lose all your hair, but this disease can prevent hair from growing back


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How long does alopecia areata last?

How long does alopecia areata last?

Hard to say: The answer depends upon how much of your scalp was involved and if your eyelashes and eyebrows are involved also. There are treatments for this problem including the injection of cortisone into the scalpor the use of creams or lotions to irritate the scalp and cause hair growth. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
110 Doctors shared insights

Alopecia Areata (Overview)

A disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. You rarely lose all your hair, but this disease can prevent hair from growing back


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What are the most common symptoms of alopecia areata?

What are the most common symptoms of alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata: Patches of hair loss without any other symptoms whatsoever. The areas of hair loss do not itch, turn red, or have a rash. The skin appears completely normal, just without any hair. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alopecia areata?

Autoimmune hair loss: It is smooth skin in an circular pattern where the hair is suppressed below the skin surface, if occurs in the head or beard area. It can become more extensive where all or most of the hair is missing alopecia totals and whole body alopecia universals. Localized lesions are treated with dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) injections. More extensive areas can be treated with oral simvistatin. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

Any prescription....: ...Medicine should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed, and for the purpose for which it was prescribed. Not for anything else, and not by anyone else. ...Read more

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How do I know if I has alopecia areata. And what labotary texts should I have to done to check wheather I have alopecia.?

How do I know if I has alopecia areata. And what labotary texts should I have to done to check wheather I have alopecia.?

Areas of hair loss: This is a descriptive term--hair loss in discrete areas, and no blood test can detect hair loss. Certain condition may result in hair loss but a blood test cannot tell specifically, especially in areata. This is a physical diagnosis--just by looking at it. Often, no cause is found for this and usually hair regrowth occurs in a few months without any treatment. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does severe stress cause alopecia areata?

Does severe stress cause alopecia areata?

Not specifically: While stress may result in greater appearance of gray hair which are more fragile and probe to breakage, it is not a common cause of localized hair loss. ...Read more

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I am having a bald spot on beard. Is this mean I do have alopecia areata. And also my hair loss have started.?

I am having a bald spot on beard. Is this mean I do have alopecia areata. And also my hair loss have started.?

May be a few things: A bald spot on the beard could be alopecia areata (aa). However, there can be many other causes. I would see a dermatologist to have it checked out. They will be able to tell you easily what is causing the baldness. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I've suffered from alopecia areata barbae for about 2 years. What is the most effective treatment?

I've suffered from alopecia areata barbae for about 2 years. What is the most effective treatment?

Kenalog (triamcinolone) injections: Topical steroids are less effective on the beard than on the scalp. Dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) injections can help as well as topical 5 per cent romaine foam. The combination may work on a resistant case of 2 years: duration. Also simvistatin a cholesterol lowering drug can work in alopecia aerate by decreasing inflammation. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for alopecia areata?

Size matters: The size of hair loss patches can determine treatment. Small patches are often treated with injections of cortisone into the skin of the affected area. Widespread hair loss or very large or numerous patches may be treated with internal cortisone (steroids) either by mouth or given as a shot in the muscle. Sometimes chemicals are used on the surface to cause an allergic reaction and inflammation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for zithranol (anthralin) to cure alopecia areata?

How long does it take for zithranol (anthralin) to cure alopecia areata?

8 weeks to 6 months: Hair regrowth can take as short as 8 weeks and full treatment can take up to 6 months if there is some response by 3 months. If there is no response by 3 months then the treatment is considered to have failed. ...Read more

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How can I prevent and slow down alopecia areata?

How can I prevent and slow down alopecia areata?

Alopecia Areata.: See your physician for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Alopecia areata cannot be cured; however, it can be treated and hair can grow back. Treatment options for alopecia areata include:corticosteroids:injection locally to the bald patches., Minoxidil, vitamins and stress reduction. ...Read more

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Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Autoimmune: The risk of alopecia areata is increased among individuals who have or have relatives with the disease or other autoimmune linked conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or some thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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How to prevent alopecia areata from spreading?

Thanks for asking!: Alopecia areata does not spread as in other diseases. It is an autoimmune disease whereby your hair follicles are being attacked by your immune system. ...Read more

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Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

I would not advise: Kenalog (triamcinolone) is a Category C agent. Animal studies show adverse fetal harm but no controlled human studies have been done. The OB will be the one to make that call. ...Read more

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What is alopecia areata?

What is alopecia areata?

ALOPECIA TX: Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted. You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA. With supplements start at a Lo dose and work up. ...Read more

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How to cure alopecia areata?

I find: That intralesional injections help hair grow back faster, I also offer Laser hair growth, and supplements. Other medications are on the horizon for the more aggressive forms of AA (alopecia totalis or universalis). Most of the time AA is self limiting, to date there is no "cure" per say. ...Read more

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Can alopecia areata be cured?

Usually treated: Most with aopecoa aerate will respond to treatment. Depending on severity limited alopecia aerate will relsove but may occur later. Extensive alopecia aerate is more difficult to treat, oral simvistatin works well for many who used it. ...Read more

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What can I do for alopecia areata?

What can I do for alopecia areata?

See a dermatologist: A dermatologist can suggest the best treatments for alopecia areata. A steroid cream such as triamcinolone is one option. ...Read more

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