What is Alopecia and why is it attacking my hair?
Alo-what you are thinking? For year this has been somewhat of a mystery and it is only until recently that this auto-immune condition has started to receive some attention in the media. Having suffered this irritating condition personally for 25+ years, from a very young age it was always an unknown and kept very hush hush. But let me tell you a little bit more about what this actually is! There is no need to hide it...
Alopecia is an auto-immune condition where by the body attacks the hair cells. We have no idea why the body fails to recognise its own cells and as a result rejects them like they are a true invader of their space. In most cases it starts out as small patches of hair loss, which is also known as Alopecia Arearta but then in a lot of other cases it can spread and the scalp will have complete hair loss which is Alopecia Totalis. But sadly, there is an even higher level Alopecia Universalis, where the hair loss includes all parts of the body (which some actually may call a blessing) and the sufferer is left with little to absolutely no hair at all.
At this stage there are very few treatments for the Alopecia that have been known to work. On a personal level, I have embraced it and have chosen not to let it beat me. If the hair wants to come on back, it will, when it is well and ready. Until then sit back, relax and (TRY) to enjoy the alopecia roller coaster.
Got questions about how to deal with a friend or family member with Alopecia or would just like to chat to someone like you, I would love to hear from you.