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Alopecia Totalis

Alopecia Totalis Causes

Over 20% of people with alopecia totalis have a family member also affected with it. People with history of asthma, eczema and 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 and happy lives experience the symptoms. A person's social status, sex and 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 and even cause existing hair to fall out. However, these follicles will remain active and therefore, the potential for hair re-growth is always there.

Alopecia Totalis Definition

Alopecia totalis means “loss of all hair in the head” that affects men, women and 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” and results in a negative response against its own tissues and cells.

Alopecia Totalis Treatment

Treatments for Alopecia totalis include Corticosteroids and Methotrexate.

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