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please help (Alopecia Areata)

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed Alopecians' started by nari, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. nari

    nari Guest

    Hi, I'm writing this in hopes someone can give me some insight.

    At first, it was almost funny in March when I got a pea-sized patch of thin hair along my part. I could see the skin underneath was peach-colored, about 1-2 shades darker than my normal skin tone, and I joked about having a tan on my white scalp. From March until now my hair thinned out on top a little, but I still didn't worry, just attributed it to hair breakage from dyeing my hair and went on with my life.

    About five days ago I was running my fingers through my hair when it more or less just fell out at my touch. Horrified, I continued to rake my fingers through and ran to look in the mirror. I could definitely see patches of "peachy" skin/broken hair in a ring shape on the right side of my scalp with a small "island" of hair in the middle, reaching to about a half inch from my hairline on my right side. I would say about 10-15% of my hair is missing as of today. For five days, my hair has been falling out profusely. What I thought were hairs growing in seem to be the "exclamation point hairs", although the "point" part is not usually visible if I pull the broken hairs out of my scalp. It seems to just taper off without the root on the end. But I do sense that I am losing hair throughout my scalp as well, although not as fiercely. I wouldn't be able go out without a hat or a really wide headband on.

    I can tell that the hair I am losing is/was very recently in anagen phase because they show outgrowth from when I had dyed my hair about a month ago. Before this happened I'd usually only lose hair that was completely dyed (e.g. in telogen phase, ready to fall out naturally). No one in my family has any type of hair loss and I have never experienced anything like this before. I won't waste anyone's time with my whining, but I feel so devastated, even suicidal. I can't even bear to leave my house... all I do is cry. I feel so stupid that just a week ago I would obsess over my makeup and all that. :(

    Now for the questions: How long does the falling-out phase last? What's the correlation between the darker skin and the hair loss, if any? What *usually* happens to people who experience what I did? What are the chances that it will all fall out? I suppose most people who have a complete recovery wouldn't stick around here, but I just pray that there is a good chance for my hair to grow back naturally (not medically induced).

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I wish you all the best of luck.
  2. Sorry you're going thru this... have you seen a doctor yet? I don't have Alopecia Areata - but there are many gals on here that do... regardless any type of hairloss is devastating... you're not alone by any stretch!

    Stay strong...and lean on this board for support... it's been a life preserver for me at times...
  3. nari

    nari Guest

    Thank you for your kind reply! I won't be able to see a doctor for a couple months as I'm out of the country... which makes it even more difficult. My hair just keeps breaking off.... I'm really heartbroken and don't know what to do.
  4. katethegreat

    katethegreat Guest

    What country are you in? I know it’s hard when traveling to get to a doctor, but it would be worth it if you are feeling so upset. If you are traveling in the developing world you also might have a fungus or something local that they can help you with. Also, I have found blood tests and doctors’ visits easier to schedule and much cheaper in developing countries. Look at the US embassy website for whatever country you are in to find a local doctor who speaks English. Or ask around- at the hotel, in a café, whatever, ask if anyone knows a good dermatologist.
    I have had good luck buying Clodex Steroid Shampoo in several Latin American Countries, and the steroid creams are available everywhere. That might be a good start. But to rule out other things you should go to a doctor.
    Good Luck.

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