Can alopecia areata be caused by a dog allergy?

Hi everyone

I bought a border terrier for my children in November 2014 ,all was well until feb when i startted losing my hair in small circles within 4 weeks 70% of my hair & beard had gone ,i went to the doctor's & also paid to see a specialist but was told it just happens & maybe i was stressed (im not at all) i told them the only thing that had changed in my life & environment was the introduction of a dog ,as a child i was never exposed to dogs in anyway but they just brushed it off saying it wouldn't be the dog ! Has anybody else had this problem? Can i be easily tested for this?

Thanks guys

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Comment by Tallgirl on May 16, 2015 at 7:07pm

I personally think so. My sister had cats, and when I got alopecia, the doc said I was allergic to animal fur. I was about age ten then. Then, my other sister got a dog, and my alopecia got much worse throughout high school. When I went to college and a new state, I was fine (hair grew ALL back) until we had a puppy, then grown dogs and a horse...when I lost ALL my hair! I never really put it together like this until just now. Why or why did I ever buy my ex that dog, or allow him to take a horse as a bill payment? My hair is gone, and now, so is the ex!!!!!

Comment by Tallgirl on May 16, 2015 at 7:09pm

P. S. I also learned that two distant male relatives have alopecia, and that great-grandpa owned a toupee, so alopecia was already probably in my genetic make-up.

Comment by itsmeehtalia on December 19, 2015 at 11:58am
I know it's late to reply, I feel it's possible. I've been thinking the same thing. Ive had this since I was a kid, but didn't have occurrences for years. When I moved out, no problem. But then I get a dog and shortly after I start losing my hair and it worsens.. I still have a dog. So I can't really say if it'll get better when the dog is gone. I read other instances from different websites about the same reaction of having Alopecia and it worsens because of your allergies. I'm not saying it's right, but a possibility.


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