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What Is The Correlation Between Allergies And Alopecia Areata
Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Not specifically: Asthma and allergies are what are called atopic diseases which are hypersensitivity reactions in various parts of the body (asthma - lungs, allergies - mucosal membranes) due to various triggers like viruses, allergies, pollution, etc., whereas alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles for reasons that are not clear. ...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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anyone: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system, for unknown reasons, attacks the hair follicle and causes hair loss. The condition is common, nearly 2% of the us population will develop alopecia areata in their lifetime. This affects individuals of all ages, but is most common in children . See your dermatologist if you suspect you may have this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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