We have seen women walking around bald and automatically think they made a conscious decision to have their hair like that. Choosing to go bald is a hard decision and takes some psychological shift to what we know as “beautiful”. We grew up playing with Barbie dolls that have silky soft hair, princesses that brush their hair a 100 times before bed, and even today beauty is still portrayed in long hair. Some women have no choice but to accept their baldness because of a condition called Alopecia Areata.
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata is a disease generally known for causing bald spots. The condition can cause complete hair loss to the scalp (Alopecia Totalis), bald spots to the beard (Alopecia Areata Barbae), or loss of hair to the entire body including eyebrows, eyelashes and pubic hair (Alopecia Universalis). It is a condition which results in the immune system attacking the hair follicles and is hereditary, meaning it can be passed from one generation to another.
Alopecia Areata differs from person to person with some experiencing the severity of the condition and some losing smaller amounts of hair. Those who experience the intensity of Alopecia Areata usually find it hard to regrow their hair to what it was before others never grow it back at all. People with Alopecia Areata are not likely to experience any pains and other illnesses.
Signs and symptoms
It all starts with coin size patches of hair loss which you might not pay much attention to but with time it can grow in size and intensity. It doesn’t have a definite way in how it starts; it may be in a round shape, straight line or oval. This condition might be a once off occurrence; where it takes place only once in your lifetime or repeatedly comes and go.
Hair might be lost for a period of time and then reappear but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consult with a doctor as each person has their own unique experience with Alopecia Areata and should be treated accordingly. Anyone can catch AA; men and women, young and old those who are at a greater risk are those with relatives affected with it.
Treatments of Alopecia Areata
AA can only be treated for patients experiencing patches of hair loss; in such cases, hair might spontaneously grow back on its own or prescribed steroids injections, creams, shampoos and lotions can assist in restarting hair growth cycle in the affected area.
There are no cures for AA therefore it is advisable that you acquaint yourself to other options available to treat the condition. Other patients have reported that taking zinc and ion medications helped things a little bit and making sure that they keep their stress level at a low.
What may arise from AA
A lot of people may associate hair loss with old men and this may be the reason why people tend to hide their suffering from the condition. Finding out you are balding in especially visible areas can be daunting and cause one to keep to themselves –away from the public. It might lead one to lose his or her self-esteem because, after all, your hair is your crown, and in society you might no longer fit the category of what beauty is all about.
How to make it in public when you have AA
This disease is known to affect the psychology of a person it is therefore good for you that you also visit a therapist that will help you through the transition. You will have to communicate your fears and concerns with someone you know won’t turn to mock you. After you have taken care of the emotional side you can then choose to wear headscarves, wigs or own up to your beauty and go completely bald.