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According to recent research, between 1 and 2 percent of the population will develop alopecia areata at some point in their lifetime.
Namely, androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.
From the high school student whose artist mother painted her bald head for her senior photos to the bride who chose not to wear a wig on her wedding day, more and more women with alopecia are using social media to celebrate and embrace their beauty.
Rhonda A: Cats are fastidious groomers, but excessive licking and the resulting alopecia is often a symptom of another problem that needs to be addressed.
Maiya was diagnosed with alopecia totalis, an autoimmune disease with no cure.
She’s written two books, Furnishing Forward, about her profession, and The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir, about the challenges of life with alopecia, the autoimmune disease that causes hair loss and manifested itself during filming of her show.
Newer research has linked turmeric — both in ingestible and topical forms — with aiding in some skin disorders, including psoriasis, alopecia and even acne.
More about hair loss: Now, learn what makes this woman with alopecia feel beautiful: Follow Kaleigh Fasanella on Twitter.
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Did You Know?
Doctors use "alopecia" to refer to various forms of hair loss, including "alopecia areata," a sudden loss of hair in patches that involves little or no inflammation. It may surprise you to learn that the word ultimately derives from "alōpēx," the Greek word for "fox," but the connection makes sense if you think of a fox who is afflicted with mange, a disease with symptoms that include, among other things, loss of hair. Middle English speakers borrowed the Latin word alopecia, which comes from "alōpekia," a Greek term that can be translated as "mange on foxes."
Origin and Etymology of alopecia
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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