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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. 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


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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

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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. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture helps in alopecia areata?

Does acupuncture helps in alopecia areata?

May: It may help but results are unpredictable and variable. If the hair loss is too extensive or resistant to traditional medical treatment, acupuncture may help. Ask acupuncturist how many e/she has treted and achieved positive response. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for alopecia areata?

What are some treatments for alopecia areata?

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

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Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Autoimmune: The risk of alopecia areata is increased among individuals who have or have relatives with the disease or other autoimmune linked conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or some thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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Can alopecia areata cause your eyelashes to fall out?

Can alopecia areata cause your eyelashes to fall out?

Alopecia: Generally no. Alopecia generally occurs in the scalp. It is rare to involve the eyelashes. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

Yes, Many: Injections, topical therapies, steroids and oral therapies can all help, sometimes permanently. Get to a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is best medication for alopecia areata to regrow hair quickly? I have patches of lost hair,

What is best medication for alopecia areata to regrow hair quickly? I have patches of lost hair,

There: There are a few topical therapies, but I typically recommend intralesional kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the area which seem to work the best. Read more about alopecia areata and other treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?

I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?

AA and sickness: No. Even though it technically is an autoimmune disease, it usually does not open you up to other health issues. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

No.: I've been prescribing Accutane for over 30 years, and I've never seen nor heard of alopecia areata as a side effect. This is coincidence. No one knows what causes aa, of course, but there is no logical reason to assume that Accutane can be blamed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can I do for alopecia areata?

What can I do for alopecia areata?

See a dermatologist: A dermatologist can suggest the best treatments for alopecia areata. A steroid cream such as triamcinolone is one option. ...Read more

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How long does alopecia areata last?

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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia Areata (Definition)

A disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. You rarely lose all your hair, but this disease can prevent ...Read more


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