So if you have these autoimmune diseases you might be a setup for getting this hair loss, and similarly if you have this hair loss completely coming out very rapidly and you have like a family history of autoimmune disease, this disease run in families, you might want to get your adrenals checked with some blood test of a cortisol level, maybe on aldosterone level, you can get your thyroid check with thyroid function test, etc.
The type 1 polyglandular failure syndrome is rare and usually starts in children, and this is manifested by three things – one is they have fungal infections of both their mouth and their fingers.
Second of all they have Addison’s disease, adrenal insufficiency. And third is they have low parathyroid hormone which gives them low calcium. Again this is also associated with this autoimmune alopecia.
So again if you have a child that has and again it’s probably little more common in women, that has a hair loss and is not growing well, has these infections in the fingers and their mouth for example, then they have to put it all together and suspect an endocrine problem.
Again, these conditions are relatively rare but should be thought about for our audience.
About Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil.:
Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil., specializes in hard-to-diagnose-and- treat cases of adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and fatigue disorders. He's been with the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine since 2005 and serves as Chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine Division at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He also served as Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1998-2000.
Dr. Friedman has a private practice near Beverly Hills, California as well as privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Martin Luther King Medical Center.