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What do you think caused your alopecia hair loss?

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sigley1986

Member
I have been told a thousand different reasons to why my alopecia started. I don't know what to believe anymore!! Can anyone tell me their story and what they believe?
 
nht032

nht032

Member
Alopecia Areta, also known as spot baldness, is an autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body, usually from the scalp due to the body's failure to recognize its own body cells and subsequent destruction of its own tissue as if it were an invader. Often it causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the first stages. In 1 €“2% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (alopecia totalis) or to the entire epidermis (alopecia universalis). Conditions resembling alopecia areata, and having a similar cause, occur also in animals. There are two types: scarring alopecia, where there is fibrosis, inflammation, and loss of hair follicles, and nonscarring alopecia, where the hair shafts are gone but the hair follicles are preserved, making this type of alopecia reversible.

How is it treated?

If you choose not to treat the condition and wait for your hair to grow back, you may wish to:
  • Wear hairpieces. Hairpieces are made from human or synthetic hair that is implanted into a nylon netting. Hairpieces may be attached to the scalp with glue, metal clips, or tape. But hair weaving, which involves sewing or braiding pieces of longer hair into existing hair, is not recommended because it may cause permanent hair loss.[/*]
  • Use certain hair care products and styling techniques. Hair care products or perms may make hair appear thicker. Dyes may be used to color the scalp. But continual use of perms or dyes may result in more hair loss.[/*]
  • Hair Transplant Surgery. Hair transplant surgery is the permanent way to cure baldness & hair loss. Hair transplant surgery.
    [/*]
 
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sigley1986

Member
Some people say it's stress related? As when i lost my grandparents at 14 years old I lost all my hair with totalis alopecia. The doctors said because of the shock of what happened it may have triggered the hair loss? Do you have any information on this?
 
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sigley1986

Member
Check out my website to find out about my success story. Www.hairambulance.com
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

Administrator
Staff member
Nice website. Congrats on beating Alopecia.
 
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death.smile

Member
Genetics. Is there really any other reason?

I lost my hair at a young age, but so did my father.
 
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Canadian Institute of Hair

Member
The main cause of alopecia is inflammation. If the inflammation is temporary, then you hair loss is also temporary and vice versa. However, the bigger picture here is why this inflammation occurs. Well, alopecia is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system is incorrectly auto set to attack the cells of your own body. Suddenly, your hair follicles seem to appear as foreign invaders to the immune system, and thus the attack takes place.

Some say alopecia is also triggered by environmental factors like stress (as you mentioned),infections, viruses, certain medications, and of course, genetics.

I think the best treatment would be anti-inflammatory medications to stop the inflammation that is promoting the alopecia, or stress-related medications if stress is the cause. You can also consider topical sensitizers, minoxidil, and shampoos for sensitive scalps. However, if it has become too late or there are permanent bald patches on your head, a hair transplant should do.

If all of these fail, your last resort would be to talk to a hair loss specialist.
 
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amerkoward

Member
I know that the cause of my alopecia is genetics.... simple as that
 
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Canadian Institute of Hair

Member
Alopecia areata is the medical term for hair loss where bald patches start to appear on the scalp. Since alopecia areata can be easily confused with other forms of hair loss (and you cannot judge your specific hair loss at home),it €™s better to visit a hair doctor or hair loss specialist who has knowledge about different types of hair loss.

Hair loss, in general, is referred to by the term €œalopecia. € When you talk about alopecia areata, it €™s basically an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own cells, in this case, hair follicles. This causes inflammation and leads to hair loss.
 
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fras

Member
nht032 wrote:
Alopecia Areta, also known as spot baldness, is an autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body, usually from the scalp due to the body's failure to recognize its own body cells and subsequent destruction of its own tissue as if it were an invader. Often it causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the first stages. In 1 €“2% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (alopecia totalis) or to the entire epidermis (alopecia universalis). Conditions resembling alopecia areata, and having a similar cause, occur also in animals. There are two types: scarring alopecia, where there is fibrosis, inflammation, and loss of hair follicles, and nonscarring alopecia, where the hair shafts are gone but the hair follicles are preserved, making this type of alopecia reversible.

How is it treated?

If you choose not to treat the condition and wait for your hair to grow back, you may wish to:
  • Wear hairpieces. Hairpieces are made from human or synthetic hair that is implanted into a nylon netting. Hairpieces may be attached to the scalp with glue, metal clips, or tape. But hair weaving, which involves sewing or braiding pieces of longer hair into existing hair, is not recommended because it may cause permanent hair loss.[/*]
  • Use certain hair care products and styling techniques. Hair care products or perms may make hair appear thicker. Dyes may be used to color the scalp. But continual use of perms or dyes may result in more hair loss.[/*]
  • Hair Transplant Surgery. Hair transplant surgery is the permanent way to cure baldness & hair loss. Hair transplant surgery.
    [/*]
Thanks for your great reply.......[):h:: ¬b`
 
Alien Spyder

Alien Spyder

member
Since I was born, I've always had a massive thick head of hair.

Three things happened to me when I turned 50 years old that I suspect attributed to my hair loss issues.

1). I turned 50 years old. :(
2). We got a swimming pool that year: (I think I started leaving chlorine on my hair for long periods of time) :unsure:
3). I cut my hair pretty short and started using wax's and Pomades and hair sprays to style my hair. :mad:

Three strikes and I was going bald!
 
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