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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
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. ...Read more
No: Not any more often than in the general population. ...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 more
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 more
Alopecia: Generally no. Alopecia generally occurs in the scalp. It is rare to involve the eyelashes. ...Read more
No, but: It isn't common but certain auto-immune diseases could cause both problems. ...Read more
Yes: Do everything you usually do.Get a more detailed answer ›
What to do if I suffer from alopecia areata, an auto immune condition. Do I qualify for a license?
Yes: I license to do what? If you are taking about a motor vehicle license, the answer is "yes.". ...Read more
I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?
Can alopecia areata become female pattern baldness? I had smooth bald patch then it grew in 2 weeks. Now crown and sides are badly thinning
I recently developed alopecia areata. While doing some bloodwork it was noticed my ferritin level were low. How can I fix both these issues? Related?
Unrelated: Alopecia areata is famously untreatable. I have a male physician friend who loves it; he's a fitness buff and likes the clean, smooth body it's given him. Different people adjust in different ways, but looking and feeling good is much more about self-care than hair. Low serum ferritin requires an explanation before you go on iron supplements -- GI bleeding must be ruled out. Best wishes. ...Read more
Accutane first month of taking 40 mg Accutane (2nd course 11 years apart). In the 3rd week I noticed alopecia areata barbea - is there cause and effect - never had areata before? I'm worried.
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
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