Alopecia Areata

Common Name(s)

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches on the scalp. Although uncommon, hair loss can be more extensive in some people and affect other parts of the body. This condition can progress to complete loss of scalp hair (alopecia totalis) or total loss of all body hair (alopecia universalis).  Although the exact cause of AA is unknown, roughly 20% of affected people have a family member with alopecia, suggesting that genetic factors may contribute to the development of the condition. There is no cure or approved therapy for AA; however, some people find that medications approved for other purposes can help regrow hair.
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alopecia Areata" for support, advocacy or research.

Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things as you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community.

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2014

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Children's Alopecia Project, Inc.

We help children living with hair loss due to all forms of Alopecia. We raise awareness and build self-esteem so the kids can become stronger teens and more productive adults and the advocates of tomorrow.

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alopecia Areata" for support, advocacy or research.

Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things as you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community.

http://www.baldgirlsdolunch.org

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2014

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Children's Alopecia Project, Inc.

We help children living with hair loss due to all forms of Alopecia. We raise awareness and build self-esteem so the kids can become stronger teens and more productive adults and the advocates of tomorrow.

http://www.childrensalopeciaproject.org

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2013

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

http://www.naaf.org

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2013

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General Resources

How Are You Nurturing Your Self Image

Patient-focused education for women with alopecia diagnoses.

Updated 14 Aug 2014

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Understanding the Lives of Women with Alopecia Areata

Public awareness and patient-focused Infographic suitable for printing

Updated 14 Aug 2014

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Video: Bald Girls Do Lunch (NYC)

"Spring in the City": Bald Girls Do Lunch Founder Thea Chassin hosts a BGDL evening in New York City

Updated 14 Aug 2014

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VIDEO: BGDL on the TODAY SHOW

The TODAY show came on location with Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch in Illinois

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National Public Radio on location with BGDL

NPR producer Patrick Skahill interviews Thea Chassin on location at Bald Girls Do Lunch in Connecticut.

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 236 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trichotillomania: a case report with clinical and dermatoscopic differential diagnosis with alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Ana Cecília Versiani Duarte Pinto, Tatiana Cristina Pedro Cordeiro de Andrade, Fernanda Freitas de Brito, Gardênia Viana da Silva, Maria Lopes Lamenha Lins Cavalcante, Antonio Carlos Ceribelli Martelli

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;92(1):118-120.

 

Trichotillomania is a psychodermatologic disorder characterized by uncontrollable urge to pull one's own hair. Differential diagnoses include the most common forms of alopecia such as alopecia areata. It is usually associated with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Trichotillomania ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Late-onset alopecia areata: descriptive analysis of 30 cases.
 

Author(s): Rosana Lazzarini, Camila Bilac Oliari, Ana Luisa Nasser Erthal

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;91(6):844-845.

 

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease characterized by non-scaring hair loss. The onset in over 50-year-old patients is rare and has barely been studied. Cases of this disease have been retrospectively analyzed - according to clinical forms, extension, and associated diseases - ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Alopecia areata as a paraneoplastic syndrome of gastric cancer.
 

Author(s): Judith Álvarez Otero, Francisco Fernández Fernández, Javier de la Fuente Aguado

Journal: Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2017 Jan;109(1):83-84.

 

Alopecia areata produces hair loss in circular patches by an immune mechanism. The association with hematologic malignancies and with digestive tumors has been described. We report the case of a man who presented alopecia areata and two months later he was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 45 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Changing Landscape of Alopecia Areata: The Therapeutic Paradigm.
 

Author(s): Yael Renert-Yuval, Emma Guttman-Yassky

Journal: Adv Ther. 2017 Jul;34(7):1594-1609.

 

Alopecia areata (AA), a prevalent inflammatory cause of hair loss, lacks FDA-approved therapeutics for extensive cases, which are associated with very poor rates of spontaneous hair regrowth and major psychological distress. Current treatments for severe cases include broad immune-suppressants, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The Changing Landscape of Alopecia Areata: The Translational Landscape.
 

Author(s): Etienne C E Wang, Angela M Christiano

Journal: Adv Ther. 2017 Jul;34(7):1586-1593.

 

Recent genetic and preclinical studies have increased our understanding of the immunopathogenesis of alopecia areata (AA). This has allowed expedited development of targeted therapies for the treatment of AA, and a paradigm shift in our approach and understanding of autoimmunity and ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The Changing Landscape of Alopecia Areata: An Introduction.
 

Author(s): George Han

Journal: Adv Ther. 2017 Jul;34(7):1584-1585.

 

Alopecia areata is an extremely common autoimmune condition affecting hair. Severe forms of alopecia areata exist, with existing treatments consisting of systemic immunosuppressants with numerous side effects. Recently, breakthroughs have been made in both understanding the pathogenesis ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Topical Garlic Concentrate for Alopecia Areata in Children
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2016

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A Pilot Study of Tralokinumab in Subjects With Moderate to Severe Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2017

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Intralesional Steroids in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2017

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