I was doing some reading tonight on Alopecia, an auto immune condition that makes the hair fall out, and I was wondering if any of our EmpowHer posters might be dealing with this condition, or if you know someone who is.
It's a condition that I had heard of before, but I wasn't sure why it would cause hair to fall out. Turns out the body essentially attacks its own hair follicles, leading to baldness.
I have heard of this happening to women, men, and kids. A friend of a friend has a young daughter who is completely bald, and she contends it's from the vaccines her daughter received as a baby.
In adults, it seems to be caused by a variety of things including stress. One article that I read said Alopecia will typically resolve in six months, but in the case of the little girl it's been years. And I'm thinking that if you are completely bald that has got to be extremely stressful, maybe even more so for women than men. Just because it's not that unusual to see a bald man.
If you have or have had Alopecia, do you know what caused it? And if it's cured now, what do you think made it better? If you know of someone who had it, I'm also curious to know what you heard about it from your friend of family member. What is it like to be bald in a society that seems to love hair so much? Please post your stories--I'd love to learn more about this condition! Thanks so much, M
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