The bald facts

Everything you need to know about alopecia

Alopecia is hard to say, spell and understand. Well, Lady Alopecia is here to fix that! Below is everything I wish I’d been told, when I was diagnosed way back in 1998.

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WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

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It’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. But when they don’t grow back, when you get bald patches or lose entire sections of your hairline – that’s alopecia.

Alopecia is an “autoimmune condition” – and it’s not uncommon for alopecians to have other immune-related problems, too. It’s often chronic but rarely permanent. It isn’t life-threatening but it does affect self-esteem, sense of identity and mental health. More on that in these posts…

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WHAT CAUSES ALOPECIA?

Oh, loads of things! In some cases a specific event – like a bereavement or other trauma. In others, a combination of factors: like diet, hormones and environment.

Different types of alopecia stem from the same root cause: your immune system attacks hair follicles, they shrink and whatever hair you’ve shed can’t be replaced easily. Why the unprovoked attack? Read these posts to find out!

WHAT CURES ALOPECIA?

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Well, the short answer is: nothing. (Sorry!) Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic “cure” for alopecia. If there were, Lady Alopecia wouldn’t exist – I’d just be “Lady”! 😉

Anyone who tells you otherwise is a) misinformed or b) trying to sell you something. That’s not to say, however, that certain things can’t help. Treatments to promote hair growth or tips you can try to help your immune system. Which I’ve given plenty of space to on this site! Like the following… 

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LIVING WITH ALOPECIA

You know what? It isn’t all bad. I’ve had alopecia long enough to know that your hair falling out really isn’t the end of the world. I’ve learned to accept – even to embrace – my shiny head. It’s what makes me different. And it’s fun to have “a thing”. 😉

Of course, you may not be at this stage yet, and that’s ok – but hopefully these posts will help you see the bright side of being bald. How to use your patchy head as a blank canvas of opportunity! Start by seeing how the celebrities do it…

WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

What is alopecia?
What are the main causes of alopecia?
What are the early signs of alopecia?
Where does the name alopecia come from?
What are the 3 types of Alopecia?
What is the most common form of alopecia?
What is Ophiasis alopecia?
What is Psoriatic alopecia?
Can wigs cause alopecia?
Can alopecia lead to other diseases?
Do I really need eyebrows anyway?
Does alopecia make your scalp hurt?
What to say when someone asks if I have cancer?
Does alopecia weaken your immune system?
Can you get alopecia at any age?

WHAT CAUSES ALOPECIA?

Does stress cause alopecia?
Is Alopecia genetic?
How often should I wash my hair with alopecia?
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WHAT CURES ALOPECIA?

Quick answer. There isn’t a “cure” for alopecia. If there was I’d have found it by now. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed or trying to sell you something. That’s not to say certain things can’t help.

Can Alopecia Be Cured?
What foods help alopecia?
What vitamins can help alopecia?
How do you prevent alopecia from getting worse?
Does Vitamin D Help alopecia?
Will biotin help alopecia?

FUN ALOPECIA FACTS

If you’ve just been diagnosed with alopecia you might not be ready to believe anything about this condition is “fun”. Maybe I might be able to change your mind.

Does stress cause alopecia?
What causes dog alopecia?
Can birth control help alopecia?
Which animals suffer from hair loss?
Causes of Hair Loss (that are not alopecia)
How many hairs is it normal to have?
What is a tricologist? Can they help with alopecia?
What has our hair ever done for us?

GOT A QUESTION FOR LADY ALOPECIA?

If you’ve got any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I might already know the answer and if I don’t I’ll add it to my long list of things to find out and will endeavour to answer it before to long.

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