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ALOPECIA TOTALIS & TREATMENT

Read about alopecia totalis medical facts: what is the definition of alopecia totalis, medical treatment & how to treat alopecia totalis, information about the causes, and related alopecia totalis diseases.

Definition: What is "Alopecia Totalis"?

ALOPECIA TOTALIS

Alopecia totalis means "loss of all hair in the head" that affects men, women & children. While the causes of alopecia totalis is still unclear, research has confirmed that this condition is an autoimmune disorder, wherein an organism fails to recognize its own parts as "self" & results in a negative response against its own tissues & cells.

Treatment: How to Treat "Alopecia Totalis"?

Treatments for Alopecia totalis include Corticosteroids & Methotrexate.

Causes

Over 20% of people with alopecia totalis have a family member also affected with it. People with history of asthma, eczema & thyroid disease are more prone to alopecia totalis. Stress is thought to be the main contributor to hair loss due to alopecia. However, even people that live a stress-free & happy lives experience the symptoms. A person's social status, sex & ethnic origin have no relationship with the likelihood of acquiring alopecia totalis. Studies show that alopecia totalis is caused by the body's immune system that wrongly attacks the growing cells in the head's hair-producing follicles, wherein hair normally grows. As such, the follicles stop producing new hair on the head & even cause existing hair to fall out. However, these follicles will remain active & therefore, the potential for hair re-growth is always there.

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