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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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia Areata (Definition)

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


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How does pregnancy affect the mother who has alopecia areata?

How does pregnancy affect the mother who has alopecia areata?

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

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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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Will pregnancy affect my alopecia areata?

Will pregnancy affect my alopecia areata?

Possibly: Any stress can cause or worsen alopecia areata. There is no clear definitve answer. ...Read more

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Does whatever chemical or antibody that causes a woman's alopecia areata also get into the baby during pregnancy?

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

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I don't fully understand alopecia areata, can you explain it to me?

I don't fully understand alopecia areata, can you explain it to me?

Autoimmune disease: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the body mounts an inflammatory reaction against hair follicles, causin spotty baldness. ...Read more

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. Can I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

. Can I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

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

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I have alopecia areata. I was wondering what are the chances of me passing it to my kids in the future?

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 more

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Can psoriasis and alopecia areata occur together?

Of course: While this is not common, they are both autoimmune disorders. Anyone with one of these has a greater than average risk of having the other. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more