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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.

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can alopecia areata become worse? Need expert opinions!

Can alopecia areata become worse? Need expert opinions!

YES INDEED: It can if Thyroid is declining function and a less than adequate treatment with local steroids.

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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!)

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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.

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How do I know if I have alopecia areata or telogen?

How do I know if I have alopecia areata or telogen?

See a dermatologist: Usually an office visit can define a. Areata vs telogen. Usually areata presents with 1 or more bald areas with specific type loose hair at the edge. Often there are nail changes. There may be relatives with areata, maybe prior attacks. Telogen will be diffuse, often with a history of weight loss or serious illness or surgery a few months before.

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I have alopecia areata how do I stop the baldness from spreading?

Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata, as the name implies, is the loss of hair in certain, usually small, round areas. It may occur on the face, scalp, or any other body hair. It is an auto immune disease, where your bodys immune system is attacking your own hair follicles. No one knows why some people have it, and why it occurs in certain areas and not others. There is no way to prevent new areas from forming.

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Can you tell me how contagious is alopecia areata: ophiasis?

Not contagious: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder than affects hair follicles, causing hair loss. It is not contagious (you can't give it to someone else), but it can progress in anyone who has it. You should see a dermatologist for help.

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What is the correlation between allergies and alopecia areata?

What is the correlation between allergies and alopecia areata?

Autoimmune response: It is an autoimmune response against the hair that stops to from growing. Similar but not identical changes can occur in the skin, lungs, eye. There is no specific allergen in alopecia aerate.

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Is alopecia areata contagious if a couple uses the same pillow?

Is alopecia areata contagious if a couple uses the same pillow?

No: Alopecia areata is autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles. Most patients get sudden onset hair loss.

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Is minoxidil spray effective in treating alopecia areata?

Sometimes partially: Usually need intralesional steroids also. You should try to find someone who deals with this regularly. The other thing is that they say girls think bald guys are sexy so enjoy your afflixion.

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I had smooth bald spot and new hair grew back, would that be alopecia areata? Now crown and sides are really thin you can see my scalp clearly. Y?

Sounds like it: Alopecia areata can regrow on its own without treatment. If you are experiencing more hair loss though then I would follow up with dermatologist

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I have alopecia areata in the scalp and sebaceous cysts on my private area. Are these two conditions connected? Should I have the cysts removed?

I have alopecia areata in the scalp and sebaceous cysts on my private area. Are these two conditions connected? Should I have the cysts removed?

Loss of hair: Common on the cyst once cyst removed bald area disappear, if you have bald areas with out cyst then is alopecia areata then should see a dermatologist (skin doctor)

Dr. Emily Altman
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