2 doctors weighed in:

Does whatever chemical or antibody that causes a woman's alopecia areata also get into the baby during pregnancy?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Foster Carr
Dr. Foster Carr
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
33 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors