I’ve had strong, healthy long hair for years, but when my
mom was doing my hair the other day, she found a bald spot. My stepdad took a
look and said it might be alopecia areata. What’s that?
“Alopecia areata” is a fancy way of saying a person loses
hair in round patches. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the
hair can fall out of the scalp or elsewhere on the body, and it can often grow
It’s important to know that this sort of hair loss isn’t
associated with a contagious disease or with stress. What happens with alopecia
(areata and other varieties) is that your immune system starts attacking your
hair follicles, which causes the hair to fall out. You can be totally healthy,
except for this one problem.
Often you’ll notice clumps of hair falling out, creating a
round, coin-sized bald spot where you once had hair. It can happen to anyone,
and typically begins in childhood. If you think you might have alopecia areata,
you should visit a dermatologist. She can perform the necessary skin tests and
prescribe a treatment plan.
Good luck, girlie!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/15/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN stress, skin problems, hair problems, my hair is falling out, , disease, doctor