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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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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. ...Read more

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Does alopecia areata have anything to do with asthma or allergies?

Does alopecia areata have anything to do with asthma or allergies?

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

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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 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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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

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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. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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