Alopecia Areata

Common Name(s)

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches on the scalp. Although uncommon, hair loss can be more extensive in some people. This condition can progress to cause total loss of hair on the head (alopecia totalis) or complete loss of hair on the head, face, and body (alopecia universalis). While there is neither a cure for nor drugs approved for treatment, some people find that medications approved for other purposes can help their hair grow back.
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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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Condition Specific Organizations

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

Updated 14 Aug 2014

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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 138 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Association between vitamin D levels and alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Mahmud Mahamid, Omar Abu-Elhija, Mosab Samamra, Ammad Mahamid, William Nseir

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jun;16(6):367-70.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease, based on the response to local and/or systemic corticosteroid treatment. The role of vitamin D in the pathogenesis of immune/autoimmune mediated diseases has been widely studied.

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014

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Case for diagnosis. Alopecia areata and congenital triangular alopecia.
 

Author(s): Lorena Cassia de Carvalho Oliveira, Amanda Rodrigues Miranda, Sebastião Alves Pinto, Mayra Ianhez

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;89(2):353-5.

 

A 6 year-old patient began to experience localized hairloss in the right temporal region three years ago. During the first appointment, diagnoses of alopecia areata and congenital triangular alopecia were made. After one year, there was no change. Upon dermatological examination, ...

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2014

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Graves' disease associated with alopecia areata developing after Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
 

Author(s): Mehmet Aşık, Emine Binnetoğlu, Hacer Şen, Zeliha Tekeli, Fatma Uysal, Kubilay Ukinç

Journal: J Nippon Med Sch. 2013 ;80(6):467-9.

 

Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are the most common autoimmune thyroid diseases. Hypothyroidism can develop in patients with Graves' disease, either spontaneously or as a result of radioactive iodine therapy or surgery. However, it is rare for patients with Hashimoto's ...

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2014

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 25 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Current treatment of alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Jerry Shapiro

Journal: J. Investig. Dermatol. Symp. Proc.. 2013 Dec;16(1):S42-4.

 

Treatment of alopecia areata is dependent on age of patient as well as the extent and duration of scalp involvement. Treatments include steroids, topical immunotherapy, topical minoxidil, anthralin, and immunosuppressants. Each case must be dealt with on a customized individual basis.

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2013

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A new humanized mouse model for alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Amos Gilhar, Aviad Keren, Ralf Paus

Journal: J. Investig. Dermatol. Symp. Proc.. 2013 Dec;16(1):S37-8.

 

Although alopecia areata (AA) is not life threatening, it may lead to severe psychological disturbances, reducing the quality of life in all ages. Thus, a new animal model is needed for shedding more light onto the pathogenesis of this cell-mediated, organ-specific autoimmune disease ...

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2013

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What can the genetics of psoriasis teach us about alopecia areata?
 

Author(s): James T Elder

Journal: J. Investig. Dermatol. Symp. Proc.. 2013 Dec;16(1):S34-6.

 

Previous genetic epidemiological studies of psoriasis and alopecia areata demonstrated strong heritability in first-degree relatives and in twins. In recent years, these two conditions have emerged as two skin diseases that are starting to yield their secrets through genome-wide association ...

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Alopecia Areata Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata; Alopecia Totalis; Alopecia Universalis; Autoimmune Hair Loss; Alopecia Partialis

 

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2014

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Efficacy of Hair Transplantation Compared With Hypodermic Needle Irritation in Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata; Alopecia; Balding

 

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2011

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Excimer Light for Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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