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Alopecia Universalis

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Author: John Kahen | Category: Hair Transplant

Alopecia Universalis can be characterized as hair loss throughout the body. Alopecia Universalis can be defined as the most severe alopecia condition, individuals with this condition experience total hair loss of the scalp and body.  Many individuals with alopecia universalis are born with the condition but are healthy otherwise. There are not enough studies to verify specifically what causes alopecia universalis, what has been discovered is that this disorder is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.  It is caused by a mutation in a gene, the “hairless” gene only found in people with this disorder. Aside from genetic tendencies, the contributing causes of alopecia universalis are not known. Fingernails and toenails can also be affected. Symptoms in the nails are pinprick-like indentation to sever distortion of the entire nail. The lack of body hair leaves area like scalp, eyes and nasal cavity particularly vulnerable, it is important that those with the disorder take extra care to protect themselves from the sun and bacteria to avoid getting infections or skin cancer.

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