Patient Comments: Alopecia Areata - Patterns

Question:

What type or pattern of alopecia areata have you experienced? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Priyanka ranjan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have pitted nails and my hair is falling. Whenever I am standing in sunlight in front of a mirror I see that I am going to have a shining bald spot and I am a lady. I don't know what to do about my alopecia areata.

Comment from: AAwarrior67, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I was working in a hospital when I first had my alopecia areata. It was a tiny chickpea-sized bald spot which progressed to a size of a bottle cap. During that time due to duty hour shifts, my sleep patterns were altered and I developed insomnia, had recurrent migraines, fatigue, hyperacidity, mood swings and chest pain in the left anterior chest wall. EKG showed premature atrial contractions (PACs), ANA test was 1:40, and other tests were ok. I was advised to take supplements, shifted to organics, cut-off caffeine intake (which was the most depressing part), and was transferred to an office with less exposure to patients. After 6 months my hair grew back though I still experience other symptoms from time to time. And now again, after 7 years, my alopecia is back, a little bigger and increasing faster than the 1st. All symptoms are present, except for PACs, and with additions of photosensitivity, joint pain, light headedness, brain fog and recurrent dry shiny rash on my right leg. Labs shows elevated ALT and UA. ANA test is 0.7. My diagnosis is still an unclassified autoimmune disease. Sigh.

Comment from: Marianne25, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have had alopecia areata since I was 12. The pattern I have is similar to the previous poster. When something very stressful happens in my life, I usually get 1 to 3 spots. Sometimes I will get way more. I get cortisone injections and they usually go away rather quickly. However, I have one extremely stubborn spot on the side of my head that has not changed even though I have had injections done twice.

Comment from: rena, 19-24 (Patient) Published: October 09

I have frontal alopecia areata.

Comment from: Maxybaby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I first suffered alopecia areata when I was about 13 years old I lost quite a lot of hair but after what seemed to be years it did eventually grow back. Now I am 46 years old and I have noticed I have got baldy patches again so I do believe the alopecia as reoccurred after all those years.

Comment from: No telling, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 19

My hair started to fall out when I was about 45. It was devastating, especially when I looked up what alopecia is. I had not had any more significant hair loss for over 10 years, but now at 59 I am having a lot of hair loss. It grew back but it starting falling out, and it took it about a year. I am reading everything that everyone is suggesting to help. I just want it to grow back; not only for me, but also for everybody else.

Comment from: US-TH, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I'm a 29-year-old woman and was diagnosed with alopecia areata three months ago after I found a small spot near my hairline in my bangs. I've always been super healthy, energetic, and slim, but have in the last 7 months experienced a ton of weight loss (a little over 10 pounds) and some hormonal upheavals I can't make sense of. I've got mixed feelings about the weight loss as I'm down to the size I wore in high school, which is great, but since I can't explain it and lost hair too, it sort of worries me. I panicked and started getting cortisone shots and have experienced some re-growth but the spot is spreading anyway and I feel like my hair overall is thinning. I think I will stop the shots, as I'm not sure it's worth it and wonder about side effects. I feel like I must have something wrong with my body to be experiencing an autoimmune problem like this and plan to change my diet to avoid anything "inflammatory" - who knows if it will help but I'm a huge believer in at least trying! More vegetables and less wheat and dairy never hurt anyone, I figure.

Comment from: kittykat88, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I usually get patches a month or two after having a very stressful situation. For me, it is whenever I get really stressed out about something. This has been going on since I was 19; I am 32 now. They range in sizes too. I have had them the size of a dime and some the size of a grapefruit.

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