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Dermatology Update

bdavidsonbdavidson Posts: 411
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Oft-reported, but only recently described, "Green Egg Alopecia" is a disease affecting outdoor cooking aficionados throughout the United States and abroad. The disease knows no age, sex, racial or socioeconomic barriers, and is characterized by the sudden onset of total hair loss, primarily of one or both anterior forearms, hands and wrists. Hair loss affecting the face, primarily beards, mustaches, eyelashes and eyebrows, and the frontal hairline, has also been described, although it is less common. While the disease incidence is inversely proportional to the patient’s “eggsperience,” it can occur with even the most BBQ-savvy patients.[p]Etiology: The etiology is thought to be related to the sudden rush of oxygen-rich air into a hot Egg or similar cooker, which then causes a fiery eruption of sorts, singing the hands, arms and faces of the egg owner/operators. The weakened hairs then fracture at the surface, leaving behind smooth, "post-Nair-esque" skin.[p]Psychologic implications: Hair is important to one’s self image and appearance, and sudden hair loss, especially in the manner described, can be psychologically painful, particularly when witnessed by one’s family or dinner guests. Fortunately for most patients, the loss is temporary, at least until the next absent-minded, high temperature cook.[p]Treatment: No topical creams or ointments have been proven effective in restoring the hair loss. For most, however, the loss is temporary. Unfortunately, loss of eyebrows and eyelashes may not be restored, and loss of the frontal hairline may precipitate a visit to the barber or hair stylist to disguise the ailment. A quick visit to the psychologist or counselor may be helpful for those who are particularly distressed.[p]Prevention: Patients must remember to carefully open the dome of their cookers during high temperature cooks, defined as dome temperatures exceeding 450 to 500 degrees. Sudden opening of the dome results in flare-ups and Green Egg Alopecia.


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