I Just Got Diagnosed with Alopecia- Where Do I Start?
For many, alopecia is not part of their vocabulary, they have never heard about alopecia until they or someone they love gets it. That's exactly what happened to me!
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease in which your body thinks your body is being invaded so it attacks the follicles mistakenly and thus you have hairloss versus hair growth. There are over 140+ autoimmune diseases, you just happened to get the DNA strand for alopecia and not something else like Hashimotos, Graves Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus or other.
Alopecia is the medical term for hairloss which is the umbrella term for hairloss. Within this autoimmune disease you have many varieties of alopecia, including:
Alopecia Areata, Alopecia totalis, alopecia universalis, frontal fibrosing, androgenic alopecia, male and female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium, traction alopecia, scarring alopecia and so many more. I have many blog posts about various types that detail each one separately.
How Do You Get Alopecia?
There are many reasons as to why people get alopecia. Many times it's diet and lifestyle, genetics, hormonal, it can also be due to toxins, environment, trauma and can also be related, a side effect of, another autoimmune disease. 25% will go on to acquire 1 or more autoimmune diseases.
What Are The Symptoms of Alopecia?
Alopecia is more than hair. Yes there is hairloss, it can start with small round patches that continue to grow and get bigger. These patches can connect and lead to bigger bald areas on the head, beard or other body parts, and can lead to loss of eyelashes and eyebrows amon