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Alopecia While On

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Excerpt: Hey guys A buddy of mine has just got his hair back from alopecia. He wants to do a course of trend and prop. Does propecia work during a cycle? Or any other suggestions?

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    Alopecia While On

    Hey guys

    A buddy of mine has just got his hair back from alopecia.

    He wants to do a course of trend and prop.

    Does propecia work during a cycle?

    Or any other suggestions?

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    Re: Alopecia While On

    Remember Alopecia is the medical term for Male Pattern Baldness. It is a GENETIC condition. If you have such, then most steroids will accelerate the condition. As with everthing else, we are all individuals, so the rate at which we lose our hair differs from person to person.

    Check BOTH sides of your families MPB history and you will have your answer.
    If you meant PROPECIA, as away of slowing down the hairloss processs... then YES it does work for MOST people. Propecia also can hinder your gains.
    Lastly, sometimes lost hair will grow back post cycle. Look around the males in your family and you will have your answer.
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    Alopecia areata
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    Alopecia areatica montytis
    Classification and external resources

    Severe case of alopecia areata before becoming totalis
    ICD-10 L63.
    ICD-9 704.01
    OMIM 104000
    DiseasesDB 430
    MedlinePlus 001450
    eMedicine derm/14
    MeSH D000506
    Alopecia areata (AA) is a condition affecting humans, in which hair is lost from areas of the body, usually from the scalp.[1] Because it causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the first stages, it is sometimes called spot baldness. In 1%2% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (Alopecia totalis) or to the entire epidermis (Alopecia universalis). Conditions resembling AA, and having a similar cause, occur also in other species.[2]

    Contents [hide]
    1 Epidemiology
    2 Types
    3 Causes
    4 Diagnosis
    5 Treatment
    6 Prognosis
    6.1 Psychosocial issues
    7 See also
    8 References
    9 External links

    [edit] Epidemiology
    The condition affects 1%2% of humans,[3] occurring in both males and females.[1]

    Alopecia areata occurs in people who are apparently healthy and have no skin disorder.[4] Initial presentation most commonly occurs in the late teenage years, early childhood, or young adulthood, but can happen with people of all ages.[1]

    [edit] Types

    A woman with alopecia areata totalis.The most common type of alopecia areata involves hair loss in one or more round spots on the scalp.[1]

    Hair may also be lost more diffusely over the whole scalp, in which case the condition is called diffuse alopecia areata.[1]
    Alopecia areata monolocularis describes baldness in only one spot. It may occur anywhere on the head.
    Alopecia areata multilocularis refers to multiple areas of hair loss.
    The disease may be limited only to the beard, in which case it is called Alopecia areata barbae.[1]
    If the patient loses all the hair on his/her scalp, the disease is then called Alopecia areata totalis.
    If all body hair, including pubic hair, is lost, the diagnosis then becomes Alopecia areata universalis.[5]
    Alopecia areata totalis and universalis are rare.[5]

    [edit] Causes
    Alopecia areata is not contagious.[1] It occurs more frequently in people who have affected family members, suggesting that heredity may be a factor.[1] In addition, it is slightly more likely to occur in people who have relatives with autoimmune diseases.[5]

    The condition is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth.[1] There is evidence that T cell lymphocytes cluster around these follicles, causing inflammation and subsequent hair loss. An unknown environmental trigger such as emotional stress or a pathogen is thought to combine with hereditary factors to cause the condition.[4] There are a few recorded cases of babies being born with congenital alopecia areata; however, these are not cases of autoimmune disease because an infant is born without a fully developed immune system. Alopecia can be an adverse effect from using Prilosec, which is a Proton Pump Inhibitor that is used in treating GERD, among other things.[citation needed]

    As with most autoimmune diseases, alopecia areata is associated with increased risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE.

    May also be caused by Vitamin B5(pantothenate) deficiency. Needed as cofactor for acyl transfers, and for fatty acid synthase

    [edit] Diagnosis

    Alopecia areataFirst symptoms are small, soft, bald patches which can take just about any shape but are most usually round. It most often affects the scalp and beard but may occur on any hair-bearing part of the body.[4] There may be different skin areas with hair loss and regrowth in the same body at the same time. It may also go into remission for a time, or permanently.

    The area of hair loss may tingle or be very slightly painful.[6]

    The hair tends to fall out over a short period of time, with the loss commonly occurring more on one side of the scalp than the other.[1]

    Another presentation of the condition are exclamation point hairs. Exclamation point hairs are hairs that become narrower along the length of the strand closer to the base, producing a characteristic "exclamation point" appearance.[1]

    One diagnostic technique applied by medical professionals is to gently tug at a handful of hair along the edge of a patch with less strength than would be required to pull out healthy hair. In healthy hair, no hair should fall out or ripped hair should be distributed evenly across the tugged portion of the scalp. In cases of alopecia, hair will tend to pull out easier along the edge of the patch where the follicles are already being attacked by the body's immune system than away from the patch where they are still healthy. Professionals usually remind patients that the hair that is pulled out would eventually fall naturally. The test is conducted only once to identify the condition and rule out a simple localized hair loss condition.

    Nails may have pitting or trachyonychia.[4]

    [edit] Treatment
    Since the exact mechanisms are not ultimately understood, there is no known cure to date.

    About 50% of patients' hair will regrow in one year without any treatment.[1] If the affected region is small, it is reasonable to observe the progression of the illness as the problem often spontaneously regresses and the hair grows back. In 90% of cases, the hair will, ultimately, grow back. In the other 10%, only some or no hair will regrow.

    In cases where there is severe hair loss, there has been limited success treating alopecia areata with clobetasol or fluocinonide, steroid injections, or cream. Steroid injections are commonly used in sites where there are small areas of hair loss on the head or especially where eyebrow hair has been lost. Some other medications used are minoxidil, irritants (anthralin or topical coal tar), and topical immunotherapy cyclosporine, each of which are sometimes used in different combinations. Visual comparisons of alopecia areata sufferers who have been treated with Minoxidil in various concentrations can be viewed at the following link - http://www.belgraviacentre.com/thumb...ta&Submit=Show.

    Oral corticosteroids decrease the hair loss, but only for the period during which they are taken, and these drugs have adverse side effects.[4]

    Initial stages may be kept from increasing by applying topical corticosteroids. However, topical corticosteroids frequently fail to enter the skin deeply enough to affect the hair bulbs, which are the treatment target.[4]

    Hair implants may help covering bald spots, but cannot guarantee satisfactory outcome, since the bald areas might expand.

    Wigs can be prescribed if patients, especially female patients, mention social discomfort.

    [edit] Prognosis
    In most cases that begin with a small number of patches of hair loss, hair grows back after a few months to a year.[6] In cases with a greater number of patches, hair can either grow back or progress to alopecia totalis or, in rare cases, universalis.[6]

    Effects of alopecia areata are mainly psychological (loss of self image due to hair loss). However, patients also tend to have a slightly higher incidence of asthma, allergies, atopic dermal ailments, and even hypothyroidism. Loss of hair also means that the scalp burns more easily in the sun. Loss of nasal hair increases severity of hay fever and similar allergic conditions. Patients may also have aberrant nail formation because keratin forms both hair and nails.

    Episodes of alopecia areata before puberty predispose chronic recurrence of the condition.[4] Pitting of the fingernails can hint at a more severe or prolonged course.

    Hair may grow back and then fall out again later.[5]

    Psychosocial issues
    Alopecia can certainly be the cause of psychological stress. Because hair loss can lead to significant appearance changes, individuals may experience social phobia, anxiety, and depression. In severe cases where the chance of hair regrowth is slim, individuals need to adapt to the condition, rather than look for a cure. There is currently little provision for psychological treatment for people afflicted with alopecia.

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