Some time ago I saw a red spot on my head, my hairdresser who is my husband’s cousin thought it could be irritation from a hair color I used. Well we found two more red patches on my head and no hair is growing in the red patches. Long story short I can now add Alopecia Areata to the list of issues I have. Alopecia Areata is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. Sound like my Sjögren’s syndrome which is another chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. My body just doesn’t like me anymore.
Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the head and can eventually cause complete hair loss on the scalp or even on the entire body (a condition known as alopecia universalis). Now that might be Ok not to have to shave my legs anymore or under my arms, right? There is no cure for Alopecia Areata. Most, but not all, of the research reports that describe patients with alopecia and celiac disease also report that the patients’ hair grew back after they adopted a gluten-free diet. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person. So if you all have been following me you know that over the years I have had my hair fall out and I have lost my eyelashes several times, but now I have the red spots with no hair. I know I am going to fall into the group of not all instead of most that get their hair back. Life is a trip, everyday is a new adventure. Bring it !!!!! LOL