Patient Comments: Alopecia Areata - Symptoms

Question:What were the symptoms of your alopecia areata?

Comment from: Gigi, 45-54 Female Published: April 12

I was 51 when I had my first experience with alopecia areata. I had two nickel sized spots on the back of my scalp. In addition, I have two other auto-immune problems, scalp psoriasis and hypo-thyrodism. I believe stress was related to my hair loss. Treatmeant was steroidal solution, which helps psoriasis also. In any event, it grew back about 3 months later and I haven't had any issues with hair loss since.

Comment from: Blessed Bald One, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I was diagnosed with alopecia areata four years ago. Cycles have been about yearly with patchy hair loss. Currently I am bald again-shave and wear a bandada (2nd time for extensive scalp hair loss). When the worst flares occur, I have weight loss (about 20 pounds), fatigue and joint pains in the small joints in my hands. I have a history of atopic dermatitis and allergies. I understand this autoimmune illness only involves "hair".

Comment from: s, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

No one seems to know what the actual cause is for my alopecia areata. I was going through medical school and under a lot of stress and lost one of my eyebrows. After my schooling finised it grew back. It was stressful for sure. I went for years without a reocurrance and underwent another stressful event in my life and it came back but I am now losing patches of hair in my scalp. I have been going to a dermatologist for 2 years now for injections and every time a patch grows back another one appears. I used to wear a ponytail but now I can't as it shows my bald spots. I wish there was a cure.

Comment from: luckyme, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I just turned 30 and I've been sufferring from alopecia areata since I was 12. It's really alot to go through. No permanent solution for it, whenever symptoms occur I have to go to doctor to get some injections in my scalp which is really painful. It has affected me in every way like self confidence, my social behaviour, depression, anxiety, everything...but still I dye my hair and use hot tools because I want to live a normal life.

Comment from: holy-head, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I had MCL surgery and within 90 days had a patch of alopecia areata show up. Since then, it's increased to about the size of a baseball. Prior to the surgery I had a urinary tract infection, the doctor gave me 30 days of cipro, then he gave me another 30 days because the infection was still present. After the 2nd round of antibiotics (within 3 weeks) is when I had my surgery.

Comment from: Harold, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 04

My daughter suffers from alopecia areata since infant vaccinations. We are told that as the condition is not life threatening, there is no serious money spent on finding a cure. I don't think people realize what sufferers of this condition go through. The odd looks from strangers at the shops, the teasing from kids at school, etc. It is really sad to see such a young child have to deal with the emotional stress bought upon by "who knows what!" My sympathy goes out to all those suffering from this terrible condition.

Comment from: Devil_Dog, 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 04

I've probably have 30 small bald spots on my head. They started around 15 years ago. It's gotten so bad I just finally shaved my head. People would stare and I'm a Marine and I found being stared at confrontational because of the ignorance of people, so when I shaved my head the stares stopped. My head looked like I had the mange. I've not lost any other hair on my body. You would think modern medicine being as advanced as it is they could find a cure.

Comment from: s huston, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

Mainly around the perimeter of my scalp but I have found that my hair has thinned to that of a baby's on my scalp all over with little smooth spots all over my scalp. Everyday washing I find a clump of hair falling out, literally!

Comment from: DORIS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

Patches of loss hair, itching, and redness, pain in the scalp.

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