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

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

Intralesional betamethasone as a therapeutic option for alopecia areata.
 

Author(s): Daniel Fernandes Melo, Thaisa Bastos de Sousa Dutra, Vanessa Maria Amoreira Curty Baggieri, Violeta Duarte Tortelly

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. 2018 Mar;93(2):311-312.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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STABILITY OF SOLUTIONS OF 2,3-DIPHENYLCYCLOPROPENONE IN VARIOUS SOLVENTS. A NOVEL FORMULA - DIPHENYLCYCLOPROPENONE IN ISOPROPANOL MAY BE USEFUL IN TOPICAL THERAPY OF PATIENTS WITH ALOPECIA AREATA.
 

Author(s): Katarzyna Borowska, Tomasz Wasylyszyn

Journal: Acta Pol Pharm. 2017 Mar;74(2):459-464.

 

The aim of this study was to evaluate the chemical stability of diphenylcyclopropenone (DCP) in var- ious solvents. DCP is being used in topical therapy in patients with alopecia areata (AA). The solvents for DCP used so far were acetone, ethanol and propylene glycol. DCP is supposed ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Importance of Group Therapeutic Support for Family Members of Children with Alopecia Areata: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study.
 

Author(s): Kelly A Aschenbeck, Sarah L McFarland, Maria K Hordinsky, Bruce R Lindgren, Ronda S Farah

Journal: Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Jul;34(4):427-432.

 

The psychological effect of alopecia areata (AA) is well documented, but group interaction may help lessen this burden. We aimed to determine factors that draw patients with AA and their families to group events.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Alopecia Areata" returned 50 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

HLA-DRB1 polymorphisms and alopecia areata disease risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Conghua Ji, Shan Liu, Kan Zhu, Hongbin Luo, Qiushuang Li, Ying Zhang, Sijia Huang, Qing Chen, Yi Cao

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(32):e11790.

 

Published studies have reported conflicting and heterogeneous results regarding the association between human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1 polymorphisms and alopecia areata (AA). This study aimed to review and quantitatively analyze the association between HLA-DRB1 polymorphisms and AA.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Alopecia Areata. Current situation and perspectives.
 

Author(s): Karina J Juárez-Rendón, Gildardo Rivera Sánchez, Miguel Á Reyes-López, José E García-Ortiz, Virgilio Bocanegra-García, Iliana Guardiola-Avila, María L Altamirano-García

Journal: Arch Argent Pediatr. 2017 Dec;115(6):e404-e411.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is a dermatological disease characterized by non-scarring hair loss of the scalp and/or body, with an unpredictable and variable evolution in the patients in which, despite multidisciplinary efforts, its etiology is not entirely known, although some evidence suggests ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Nail Involvement in Alopecia Areata: A Questionnaire-based Survey on Clinical Signs, Impact on Quality of Life and Review of the Literature.
 

Author(s): Yvonne B M Roest, Henrià T van Middendorp, Andrea W M Evers, Peter C M van de Kerkhof, Marcel C Pasch

Journal: Acta Derm. Venereol.. 2018 Feb;98(2):212-217.

 

Alopecia areata (AA) is an immune-mediated disease causing temporary or permanent hair loss. Up to 46% of patients with AA also have nail involvement. The aim of this study was to determine the presence, types, and clinical implications of nail changes in patients with AA. This questionnaire-based ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Intralesional Steroids in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2017

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DPCP for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 27 Aug 2018

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Cryotherapy Versus Steroids In Alopecia Areata:Trichoscopic Evaluation
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Alopecia Areata

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2018

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