A brief experience of Alopecia #sp

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Alopecia is a condition were partial or complete loss of hair is absent on the body, where it would normally grow. You may have experience with it yourself or know of someone who has alopecia or is currently dealing with it. I had a good friend, a long time ago, who suffered from alopecia and even though there are many different forms of the condition, his was quite bad; his was triggered by stress which caused complete loss of his hair.

That was my only ever experience with alopecia until a few years later my eldest son formed a bald spot on the side of his head, he was just 6 at the time. Due to his Father and I going through quite a bad break-up {domestic violence was involved etc} I was connecting this sudden hair loss with that. It wasn’t before long that one single patch of baldness has formed into three bald patches on the side of my son’s head, so I decided to do a little research.

It didn’t take me long to figure out and pinpoint what form my son had. It was alopecia areata, which thankfully turned out to be a minor form of alopecia that I could find. Alopecia¬†areata is an autoimmune skin disease resulting in hair loss on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. With my son only being 6yrs old, the hair loss was limited to his head and thankfully only a small part of his scalp was effected.

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Even though Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable and cyclical condition, after the stresses and strains of family life began to normalise again, his hair grew back and now he is almost 17yrs old, it has not reoccurred. Whether or not the hair loss was triggered by the sudden change in our family life remains to be solved. However, at the time, I think it was definitely a contributing factor, at least in my opinion.

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