The inheritance pattern of alopecia areata is unclear because multiple genetic and environmental factors appear to be involved. Overall, the risk of developing the condition is greater for first-degree relatives (such as siblings or children) of affected individuals than it is in the general population.
Is alopecia areata a hereditary disease?
In 20 percent of cases, a familial pattern has been proposed, suggesting that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to alopecia areata. A genetic predisposition means that a person may carry a gene for a disease but it may not be expressed unless something in the environment triggers the disease.
Will my kid have alopecia if I do?
Overall, the risk of you having a child with AA is very small indeed. Alopecia areata can be psychologically shocking. It is understandable to worry about whether you will pass the condition on to your children or if you are likely to develop it if a parent is a sufferer. The answer is a frustrating but small maybe.
Is alopecia contagious or hereditary?
Is alopecia contagious? Alopecia is not contagious. Individuals who develop alopecia areata typically have both a family history and some type of environmental trigger, such as emotional or physical stress.
How is child alopecia treated?
For younger children, treatment consists primarily of strong corticosteroid ointments or creams applied to the bald areas. Teenagers, who may be sufficiently motivated to have their hair return, may tolerate steroid injections into the scalp. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is often used in additional to topical steroid treatment.
How do you reverse alopecia?
Alopecia Treatments That Work
- Carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A and biotin, both of which promote hair growth.
- Salmon. Salmon contains Vitamin D, which stimulates hair follicles. Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that lubricate the scalp.
- Oysters. Oysters are high in zinc.