Signs of Alopecia Universalis
- Alopeica universalis is characterized by a complete loss of body hair. Not only will the patient become completely bald, but he will also lose eyebrows, eyelashes, and all body hair, including pubic hair. Persons who are born with alopecia universalis never grow any body hair at all.
- Secondary symptoms of alopecia universalis include bone abnormalities such as kyphosis or scoliosis, and skin lesions such as mottling, depigmentization, axillary freckling and cafe au lait spots--skin spots that are darker than the surrounding dermis.
- Alopecia universalis is not caused by infection but by a person's hair follicles not producing hair. It is not considered contagious because it is most likely a genetic or immunodeficiency condition .
- There is no 100 percent effective treatment for alopecia universalis, although topical immunotherapy works in about 40 percent of patients. The treatment works by placing a mild chemical irritant on the skin, which agitates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. The treatment is ongoing and may take six months or more to show any improvement.