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How Does Pregnancy Affect The Mother Who Has Alopecia Areata
Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
Alopecia areata is a patchy loss of hair that can occur in any hair bearing area of the body, but is most notable when it affects the scalp, eyebrows or beard. It results from our own immune cells attacking cells in our hair follicles. Its not clear why it occurs. It may resolve on its own. It may also be treated with topical, injected, or oral medications ...Read more
Fluctuating effects: There can be fluctuating effects of pregnancy on signs of alopecia areata. Early pregnancy can reduce , late stage pregnancy can increase, and child birthing can reduce the sign of hair loss. These fluctuations may be related to hormones and effects of the placenta and fetus on the mother's immune system. ...Read more
Does whatever chemical or antibody that causes a woman's alopecia areata also get into the baby during pregnancy?
Not likely: Alopecia areata is a cellular autoimmune disease. The mother's killer cells do not cross the placenta barrier and therefore will not attack the hair follicles in the fetus. However, the genes that predispose to alopecia areata are inherited and increase the risk of the child or adult developing the condition in the future. ...Read more
No evidence: Alopecia areata can heal without any treatment. It is is caused by a killer immune cell (either natural killer or t cell) attack on the hair follicle. One of the genes that increases risk of attack is expressed abnormally in the hair follicle cells and causes homing of the natural killers to the hair follicle to initiate attack. Dietary factors could be involved in turning this gene on. ...Read more
I have alopecia areata. I was wondering what are the chances of me passing it to my kids in the future?
Very unlikely: Unlike other genetic disorder where there is clear pattern of passage from parent to child, AA does not have this. From a genetic perspective its quite complicated. In fact most person's with AA don't have parents with the disease. Also, even with identical twins if one has AA there is a 55% chance that the other doesn't(and identical twins have the same genes!) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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