7.14.2013

My battle with Alopecia Areata

It all began about 2 months ago.  I decided to take a leap.  I needed a fun change.  Highlights!! I have not highlighted my hair in YEARS. Since high school.  As I sit here and type these, the emotions of having to write this is upsetting and challenging for me.  It makes this real.  I've taken a few photos, but am not ready to share them yet.  As I my stylist was coloring my hair, she was surprised and said "I didn't know you have alopecia?!" I've gone to her consistently for the last 7 months now, I told her " UM I don't have alopecia!!!!!"  She then exposed the front right side of my scalp, and my hair was not there, MIA, gone.  It was completely bald.  I didn't tear up, mostly because I think I was in shock.  Then the health concern set in.  I had been tired more than normal lately, my memory has been off, and I've gotten sick 3 times the last 3 months.  Within the next few weeks, I tried not to get too upset and went to my physician immediately.  After multiple visits and rounds of blood work.  We found that my thyroid, cell/blood count, was completely normal.  My Vitamin D was extremely low, below normal levels.  WAY below normal.  But can that cause hair loss?  I've been on a strict vitamin D regimen (10,000 International Units per day).  But it hasn't quite helped.  I decided to go see Missy, my dermatologist. We found out last week from my biopsy that my hair has potential to grow back, it isn't scarred, and there is no cancer, or nothing there that shouldn't be. PHEW.  She deducted I have alopecia areata. Onset by stress.  I am happy for my health, but its scary, I notice now that my hair is thinner in other spots and fear that more could be coming.  I am taking more yoga, finding way to let my stress out, am taking monthly steroids shots, and blood pressure medication (somehow this has been found to help), and am praying that my hair grows back.  

I'm not sure what caused this, but the only thing beyond stress that I could think of is...Brazilian Blowout.  I consistent got these prior to finding out about how BAD they are for you.  I ignored the signs, the articles, because I love how it made my hair feel.  And I worry that it could have onset this.  I have no clue what caused this.  But I do want to warn those considering getting the blowout, please do not.  That's it for now.  Keep you posted, send prayers for hair growth and health :)   

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  2. Don’t feel bad about it. According to studies about alopecia areata, the hair can regrow without taking any treatment or medication. However, that would take time. So, I guess it’s best for you to take some alternative method that can speed up the process, without having any side effects. Anyhow, I believe your hair can grow back to normal in time. Stay positive!

    Evelyn Barrett @ Good Look Ink

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  3. The most reliable medicine for the cure of Alopecia is Apolical. It is highly recommended by the skin and hair specialists for the patients of alopecia. It is composed of herbal constituents that include rhubarb, Indian long pepper, fevernut, Calcium sulphate and Gulancha. These are totally natural herbs that prevent the hair fall and increase re-growth. This medicine amazingly reduces hair fall and cover the bald patches with new hair. People facing problem of extreme dandruff and excessive hair fall should start using it without wasting time. They can get it from Herbal Care Products.

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  4. It affects both male and female. It can happen due to the stress, depression, anxiety and severe psychological issues. Apolical is highly recommended for Alopecia Treatment. It is entirely herbal medicine that has no antibiotic or steroid involved. It does not have any kind of side effects and it makes the hair grow spontaneously. It leaves the long term effects that do not allow the hair to fall again after maintaining follicles. It can be availed from the product line of Herbal Care Products.

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  5. The Alopecia Treatment is normally not needed as the diseases resolve itself. If needed then corticosteroids are used. One of the most effective medications is olceton an herbal product in which 100% natural formula is used. The effects caused by this disease are mostly psychological and secondary due to hair loose of that particular area.The surgical treatment which can be done is hair transplantation in which hair plugs from the area of skin is auto grated to the bald area.

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