Saturday, March 31, 2012

Alopecia Areata

Just as I self diagnosed (I bet doctors HATE when I self-diagnose), I have alopecia areata. There is a genetic component to it - sorry Connor, Aiden, and Isabella. It is technically an auto-immune disease - which means that basically my body thought that the hair was a pathogen (germ) and attacked it, causing it to fall out. Once you get it once (which we believe I had it sometime in my pre-teens/teens too) you're more susceptible to have it happen again. Shockingly, your body can actually dispel all your hair (eeek), but it isn't super common and my dermatologist doesn't think I will lose all my hair). Most doctors agree that there is some sort of connection to stress (which I will certainly NOT deny that I have a LOT of stress in my life), but it is hard to prove.

I got about four cortisone injections in my head and I have an appointment in a month to see if I'll need more injections. Super easy!

The best part was when the dermatologist told me I need to find a way to eliminate the stress in my life. Ha! Ha!


Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I understand stress...good stress, but stress nonetheless!!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

There's a teacher at our school that had alopecia when she was little (has a full head of long hair now though) and her daughter has it as well and has no hair at all. Bald as can be, even her eyebrows are gone. It's a little sad, because I'm sure many people who see her probably thinks she has cancer or something, because she wears a scarf on her head most of the time. She's such a trooper though & doesn't even act like it phases her a bit!

Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Taylor has a mild form of that. it was diagnosed at age 2. She also has some premature greying in her hair.

I hope your week coming up is as stress free as possible and with all the great changes the stress will ease up a bit!

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