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

 

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.

Updated 14 Aug 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 188 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Frequency of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in Alopecia Areata and Vitiligo Patients.
 

Author(s): Gulcan Saylam Kurtipek, Fatma Gökşin Cihan, Şule Erayman Demirbaş, Arzu Ataseven

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2015 ;2015():435947.

 

Many studies demonstrated that alopecia areata (AA) and vitiligo are commonly associated with autoimmune thyroid diseases. We aimed to investigate the frequency of thyroid dysfunctions and autoimmunity related with vitiligo and AA.

Last Updated: 11 Sep 2015

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Polymorphisms in the promoter regions of the CXCL1 and CXCL2 genes contribute to increased risk of alopecia areata in the Korean population.
 

Author(s): S K Kim, J-H Chung, H J Park, S W Kang, D-J Lim, S H Byun, D G Baek, H Y Ko, B-L Lew, H H Baik, W-Y Sim

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Alopecia areata (AA) is a common disease, which causes hair loss in humans. AA has a genetically complex inheritance. This study investigated the possible correlations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter regions of the chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (melanoma ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2015

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Alopecia Areata Increases the Risk of Stroke: a 3-year Follow-Up Study.
 

Author(s): Jiunn-Horng Kang, Herng-Ching Lin, Senyeong Kao, Ming-Chieh Tsai, Shiu-Dong Chung

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The risk for stroke in alopecia areata (AA) patients is still unknown. This study aimed to investigate the risk for subsequent risk of a stroke in AA patients in a large-scale retrospective cohort study. We identified 3231 patients with AA included in the study group from 2004 to ...

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2015

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 29 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Alopecia areata: Part 2: treatment.
 

Author(s): Frank Spano, Jeff C Donovan

Journal: Can Fam Physician. 2015 Sep;61(9):757-61.

 

To provide family physicians with a background understanding of the therapeutic regimens and treatment outcomes for alopecia areata (AA), as well as to help identify those patients for whom dermatologist referral might be required.

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2015

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Alopecia areata: Part 1: pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prognosis.
 

Author(s): Frank Spano, Jeff C Donovan

Journal: Can Fam Physician. 2015 Sep;61(9):751-5.

 

To provide family physicians with a background understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, histology, and clinical approach to the diagnosis of alopecia areata (AA).

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2015

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Oxidative stress and alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): B E Prie, V M Voiculescu, O B Ionescu-Bozdog, B Petrutescu, L Iosif, L E Gaman, V G Clatici, I Stoian, C Giurcaneanu

Journal: J Med Life. 2015 ;8 Spec Issue():43-6.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease presenting with non-scarring hair loss. The aethiopathogenesis of alopecia areata is unclear and many factors including autoimmunity, genetic predisposition, emotional and environmental stress are thought to play important ...

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2015

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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 Apr 2016

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Topical Tofacitinib for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata and Its Variants
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata; Alopecia Totalis; Alopecia Universalis

 

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016

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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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