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Alopecia Areata is a common form of hair loss, usually starting with one or more circular bare patches. When extensive, hair loss can result in depression and loss of self-esteem. This condition can appear at any age. Sometimes there is a family history of this condition. There is an association with other autoimmune disorders such as hypothyroidism. It is not unusual for hair shedding to occur after an episode of stress. Fortunately most patients regrow their hair over the next year, even without treatment. However, the wait can be frustrating, and regrowth can often be speeded with various topical medications or injections. We also have found that phototherapy can facilitate regrowth of hair. Alopecia Areata is currently an area of basic research with significant advances in understanding. Much of this research is taking place in the lab of Angela Christiano, PhD, at Columbia University. Dr. Halasz is on the staff of the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University and is following this progress.
There are other causes that must be considered when evaluating a patient with hair loss. Examples include, the normal shedding after pregnancy, and also rapid weight loss, iron deficiency anemia, side-effects of medication or supplements and thyroid disorders. The office has experience in evaluating and treating hair loss in children and adults.
Please call our office for successful diagnosis and treatment of Alopecia Areata.
For further information on Alopecia Areata: www.naaf.org