September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

While October may be almost upon us, it's never too late to know that September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month.

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation website provides an overview about the condition: "Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis)."

Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population overall, including more than five million people in the United States alone, according to the website. This common skin disease is highly unpredictable and cyclical, reads the website. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person, the site adds.

On Sept. 12 at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox hosted an awareness booth where brochures and bracelets were distributed to those interested in learning about alopecia.

Do you know someone with alopecia? Do you have alopecia? Let us know your experiences living with this autoimmune skin disease by posting a comment below.

Renee October 01, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I acquired Alopecia areata 2 years ago and found many other really great people at the Boston Alopecia support group meetings which meet at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital once a month.
Paddy October 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Until June 2011, to me the word Alopecia simply meant thinning hair. In June 2011, my own hair started to thin and within three weeks I had practically no head hair. At first, it was all like a bad dream. You look in the mirror and for a moment you don’t recognise the person looking back at you. Within a few months, I had absolutely no hair on my body. Until all this happened, I never realised the importance of hair but hair has many functions including protection, regulation of body temperature, facilitation of evaporation of perspiration and also acts as sense organ. Translated into day-to-day life, the loss of hair means that you can no longer regulate your body temperature, you have to be more careful about the soaps and detergents you use and you need to consider the clothes that you wear in case they irritate the unprotected skin. ? Here's my story http://freepdfhosting.com/7511ec55de.pdf
Sandra October 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. A dermatologist ran a few test and confirmed this through a skin biopsy. The test showed an abnormal concentration of immune cells in the affected area. Soon after I was prescribed with topical steroid which comes in the form of cream. Since the treatment showed very little effect, I was later prescribed with steroid jabs. This method showed some improvement, however it was short term as the hair that grew fell off after a few weeks. While doing some research through the net I came across a treatment called PRO ALOPECIATA. It is formulated with pure herbs and is only available online, www.curespotbaldness.com. After 4 weeks of usage I noticed the spot on my scalp was becoming smaller and I continued to my second bottle. I was surprised when the spot was totally covered with hair by the 3rd month of treatment. Although this treatment works slowly, the result was remarkable. The setback has to be the price and the delivery time. Sandra
John November 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I had noticed my hair falling out by the bunches. I had severe alopecia about 3 years ago and my hair grew back within time. However, it is thinner than ever. I was worried the alopecia would come back again leaving me with tiny bald patches. I was willing to try anything that would ease my hair loss/thinning. I have been using "" ARGANRain Hair Products "" ( you should google it ) for about a week now.I have to say I am liking the results.


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