What to Do When Diagnosed with Scarring Alopecia?
In my experience doctors have not always been right or correct. Many times misdiagnosing also not having sufficient knowledge in one area so you keep going to various and different doctors each time. I would suggest getting a second, a third and even a 4th and 5th opinion before looking at options and before acknowledging that you do in fact have scarring alopecia. See about getting opinions in a different city or state or country. That’s what I did and although their opinions and treatments differed from least helpful to harmful, however, getting the correct diagnosis is important.
***If the condition, scarring alopecia, is treated early in the disease course, it is sometimes possible to regrow hair according to the American Skin Association. **
Scarring alopecia may also be part of a much larger condition such as chronic lupus erythematosus, where many organs of the body can be affected.
There are several different types of scarring alopecia- just like alopecia itself is an umbrella term for many different types and each one has its nuances. Often when scarring alopecia is suspected, one or more skin biopsies are done to confirm the diagnosis and help identify the particular form of scarring alopecia. Note: Not all medical tests are accurate, some give false positives and others don't grasp the full picture of the problem, hence the need for multiple tests!
The causes of Scarring alopecia are not understood fully yet, but inflammation appears to be the main contributing factor. (Just like regular alopecia and most diseases in general) Most types of scarring alopecia are caused by permanent destruction of hair follicles due to inflammation, progressive deposition of collagen, and are frequently associated with loss of sebaceous glands.
I found the solution for treating my alopecia outside of doctors, and their prescriptions that only have negative side effects and don't have any guarantees of working or lending true hair growth results, especially long term. The solution I found was natural! Diet and lifestyle was the missing puzzle piece that doctors are not trained on and don't guide you on. This was my solution and that of hundreds of clients.
Without the correct diet and lifestyle in place, the treatments you seek will not work, furthermore many times treatments are not needed when correct diet and lifestyle becomes habitual and a lifelong habit.
My alopecia and that of my clients, came back through diet and lifestyle changes ALONE. No meds needed. These changes also lend themselves to healing and reversing other ailments and health concerns that each one had in addition to alopecia.
First, I recommend getting the right diagnosis. Second, I encourage you to change your diet and lifestyle. If in fact you have scarring alopecia and doctors say it won’t come back… you can still try and in the process, be the healthiest YOU possible. The root cause to alopecia in general is inflammation.. so ensuring your foundation is solid will only help your efforts. You have nothing to lose; In addition, doctors have said many incorrect and false things to me and my clients regarding hairloss… I would take what they say with a grain of salt as many times, the intelligence, resilience and supernatural healing powers of the body allow itself to regenerate and heal naturally— WE JUST NEED TO SUPPORT IT CORRECTLY.
But if we aren’t supporting our bodies, our mental health, our emotional health or our spiritual health properly than nothing will happen and we will continue to be in the same place of which we started from.
Scarring alopecia is not a life sentence. I too have had several clients come to me with this diagnosis, they have done the program, and although their journey might be slower than someone with another type of alopecia, they still have the option and opportunity to get healthy, from the inside out-- because that's where it starts. On the inside!
I am a firm believer in not giving up, in doing everything possible to achieve the results I am looking for. My hope is that you take control of what you can control-- diet and lifestyle is 100% in your control, from there see if specialized treatments are something you want for your scarring alopecia. However, don't hold your breath, just like with non scarring alopecia treatments, (alopecia areata, totalis, universalis, telogen effluvium, traction alopecia and others) modern medicine still says "there is no cure" - I like to be challenged, and challenged I was, I now challenge my clients to keep pushing forward and keep taking the action steps needed in order to heal. I believe healing is possible for everyone who embraces it. I have the results and so do my clients. Now it's your turn to defy the odds and to also focus on the foundation to true health.