Alopecia Areata resolution?

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Yes, I mysteriously got a patch of this after going through something extremely traumatic (so I also experienced general hair loss at the same time). I was given a steroid cream, but I never filled the prescription. It didn’t regrow for a few months, then it started growing in white fuzz (my hair is black), and now 8 months later there is about 2″ of black hair. I hope it resolves quickly for you!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

chitownyogini :  Don’t give up hope! If you’re using the prescriptions, I’m sure it will come back even sooner.

Post # 5
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Newbee

Several members of my family have experienced alopecia. All of them experienced it during times of extreme stress. All of them have had full regrowth in the affected areas.

My sister had it the worst. When she was 14, I found a bald patch on her scalp around the size of a 10p while I was doing her hair. Over the next year she lost almost all of her hair. Tough for anyone, let alone a teenager. She chose to wear a wig as her hair loss was extensive. She only lost the hair on her head, not anywhere else. 

All of her hair did eventually regrow, with a combination of steroids and stress reduction. She has had a full head of hair for the last 7 years with no recurrances. 

My brother, father and cousin have all had much milder forms, and all of their patches grew back with no treatment. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

chitownyogini :  Bee, I feel for you. I have gotten this at random times since I was about 21 in little spots, the most I’ve gotten was two or three big spots at the same time. When I first saw it, I thought my freaking life was over!! But time passed, and the spots ALWAYS grew back it just takes time. You kind of have to make your peace with it. I also noticed that when this happened, I was severely stressed out so make sure you are getting enough sleep and are really watching your stress management. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition, so make sure to workout regularly, eat clean, and drink lots of water to make sure your immune system is in good shape. 

Pro tip: Cold pressed castor oil. Massage this into your spots every night and it really does help with hair growth. Comes back so downy and soft. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

chitownyogini :  Self care and self love is a big part of all this. Look, I know this is tough to hear, but when you are diagnosed you have to make peace with the fact that you could lose a lot of your hair. And you know what, as long as you are healthy, hair is just hair. It really helped me to watch YouTube videos of people who have alopecia universalis because those people went THROUGH it and are stronger for it. Not saying it’s nbd or trying to minimize bc I’ve been there. but I am just saying that we have to keep things in perspective. I know it’s hard but try not to focus on the hair regrowth part – you have to focus inward and find peace through it. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

missmollybee :  this is very true. 

my husband and MiL both have alopecia universalis. My Mil lost her hair as a teenager and my husband lost his after the birth of our son. 

ive seen my MiL waste thousands of £ trying to get her hair back. It’s never worked. Her latest thing is rubbing onion juice on the scalp … thankfully my husband has drawn a line at that one.

sadly there is no cure for alopecia (if there was no one would have it) steroids can help with regrowth but their side effects can be horrible. Alopecia areata has much better regrowth rates that universalis so the chances are it will come back for you.

 

in the mean time work on loving who you are and what you can do to feel confident with it. A great haircut is a good start. Alopecia UK have some great info on their website.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2020

I was just researching hair care tips for prematurely thinning hair as I feel like my hairline isn’t as full as it was (stress, stopping birth control pills; I’m 23). I’ve stumbled across non surgical advice from a holistic plastic surgeon https://youtu.be/J1HnRnX7-tg

Of course ist thinning hair is not the same as diagnosed alopecia, but maybe it could help a little anyway. 

Also read that castor oil is supposed to help and that especially scalp care is very important. Hopefully your hair will recover soon! 

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