Have you noticed that I’m bald? I’m sure you did. That’s because I suffer from Alopecia Areata.
I was diagnosed with Alopecia in 2011. It was the worst time of my life. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I had no idea what Alopecia was at the time. All I knew was that something was wrong with me.
It took me a while until I learn how to live with this hairless disease, but once I did, I realised that it is not a bad thing at all to have. It’s mostly cosmetic. However, it can destroy people emotionally and mentally because it can easily lead to anxiety and depression.
What is Alopecia?
The short answer to this question is hair loss. Usually on the scalp but sometimes in other areas of the body too. In extreme cases, the whole body can be affected.
There are three types of Alopecia, which I will talk about it in more detail below.
1. Alopecia Areata
This is the type of Alopecia that I’m familiar with. It’s a disease that causes hair loss, sometimes for long periods, other times for short periods. It can affect anyone, including children, teenagers and older people too. Both females and males can have it at any time of their life. It appears in small patches, which aesthetically is not great, at least in my opinion.
There’s an easy way to understand exactly how this condition works. I’ll tell you how it affects me.
- My hair grows continuously.
- My hair falls continuously in patches.
- I shave my hair so people don’t notice those patches.
- My hair continues to grow.
- Unfortunately, my hair continues to fall in patches too.
- I continue to shave daily so people don’t notice those patches.
2. Alopecia Totalis
This is the next level of Alopecia. People with this disease, unfortunately, lose all their hair. As you can see on the images below, they are completely bald.
Doctors and scientists believe that this is an autoimmune disease, but there are doubts about that, so the reality is that no one knows what causes people to lose their hair just like that. Those that support the idea that Alopecia is an autoimmune disease explain that what happens is that the immune system rejects the hair as part of the body, and so attacks the hair follicles.
3. Alopecia Universalis
Alopecia Universalis is the last and worst type of Alopecia because it causes the total loss of hair, and by that, I mean in the whole body. People with this disease don’t have hair in their scalp, face, armpits, legs, nostrils or anywhere else.
Talk to me!
If you or anyone you know suffers from this disease, please share your story with me. Feel free to get in touch on social media, by email or just through the contact form available here.