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16 Jan 2006

ALOPESIA TOTALIS
My friend 's daughter was diagnose with this condition. Her hair grows and then she looses it again. It seems it repeats itself. I need more info on this condition. The doctors apparently can't help. She is 16 years old.

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Cecelia
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01 Jan 0001

Definition:
Various patterns of hair loss that have no known cause. Alopecia areata is characterized by the complete loss of hair within roundish patches.
Dear Cecelia,

Alternative Names:
Alopecia totalis; Alopecia universalis

Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
The specific cause of alopecia areata is unknown. A family history of alopecia is present in about a fifth of all cases. Alopecia areata is occasionally associated with autoimmune diseases.

Alopecia may also occur as alopecia totalis with complete loss of scalp hair or as alopecia universalis with total loss of all body hair.
Treatment:
No fully effective treatments are available. Typical therapy includes:
corticosteroids -- topical -- medium to very high potency
subcutaneous injection of steroids
ultraviolet light therapy
irritating agents may be applied to hairless areas to promote regrowth

Expectations (prognosis):
Spontaneous remission with full recovery of hair is common; however, alopecia areata occurring at a young age, prolonged alopecia, or the presence of eczema (atopic dermatitis) often predicts a poorer outcome.



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