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Alopecia areata is the name for a condition in which round patches of hair loss appear suddenly. The hair-growing tissue is attacked by the patient's own immune cells for unknown reasons. There are three stages: first, there is sudden hair loss, then the patches of hair loss enlarge, and last, new hair grows back. This process takes months, sometimes more than a year, but rarely does the hair never grow back. It isn't understood why the immune cells attack the hair-growing tissue. Alopecia areata is not contagious, not caused by foods, is not the result of nervousness and sometimes runs in families.

Conventional medicine uses cortisone injections to stimulate hair regrowth. Twenty to thirty injections per patch are required once a month. The injections are uncomfortable and some patients do not respond to cortisone or any treatment.

---- Nonscarring Alopecia
---- Androgenic Alopecia
---- Telogen effluvium
---- Anagen effluvium
---- Trichotillomania
---- Traction alopecia
---- Alopecia areata
---- Secondary Syphilis
---- Scarring alopecia
---- Inflammatory dermatoses
---- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
---- Infection
---- Physical or chemical agents
---- Neoplasm
---- Congenital defects

Signs - Patterns of hair loss:
---- M-Pattern (Hamilton)
---- Androgenic Alopecia
---- Patchy hair loss
---- Tinea Capitis
---- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
---- Immune mediated alopecia
---- Syphilis


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Alopecia (hair loss):
Symptoms - Hair  Hair loss

  Absence of unusual hair loss
  No hair loss

Symptoms - Nails

  Blue and/black/ brown fingernails

Risk factors for Alopecia (hair loss):
Symptoms - Hair  History of severe hair loss

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Proven definite or direct link
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative