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Suffering with alopecia areata, habit of recreational use of marijuana. Could that be causing it?

I have Alopecia Areata and was wondering chances it will grow back fully. I am a 15 year old boy and had extreme balding/thinning on my scalp and ended up shaving my head but it has continued to me losing my eye lashes, pubes, leg/ arm hair and armpit hair. Also, extreme thinning of my eyebrows. I want to know anything I can do to help it grow back fully (natural treatments) and reccomended treatements for my dermotologist. Also, I want to know the perecentages of people with the disesase who s hair grow back. (I know its inconsistent but an average.) Lastly, on a side note, I recreationly smoke marijuana and was wondering if it had any possitive or neggative effects to this disease. Thank You.
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. Although there is no known evidence to show the correlation or association between the use of marijuana and the cause of alopecia areata, I believe that they may be related. Marijuana tends to have a lot of effects on different body parts and may also cause you to have this condition. I am glad that you are consulting a dermatologist for the same. It might also be worth your while to quit the marijuana and also start using the medications recommended by your dermatologist. I believe that you will benefit very much from consulting a psychiatrist for dependence on marijuana.

I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Sun, 30 Jun 2013
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