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Unformatted text preview: likelihood that another family member will have it. It has not been determined if environmental factors trigger the condition. Current research shows that something triggers the immune system to stop the hair follicle from growing, but it is still unknown. Scientists are not sure if it comes from the outside of the body like a virus or if it develops inside. Research suggests that people have genetic markers that increase their ability to develop alopecia. Alopecia is medically benign. People who have alopecia are often in excellent heath. The disease is only challenging emotionally for those who have extensive hair loss. There are several treatments for alopecia and the type of treatment depends on the persons age and the amount of hair loss. Treatments do not turn off alopecia; they stimulate the hair follicle to produce hair again. They are used until the disease turns itself off. A result is most effective in milder cases....
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- Spring '08