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I have heard that AU usually develops at younger ages (childhood) or during teens and some people develop it at larger stages in life quite fast. I currently have AA and I am 28. How many of you in late twenties, thirties, fourties that have developed AU suddenly with NO onset in childhood or NO onset during teenage years?
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My daughter who has AU is now 28 years old. She developed it around 22 years old while away at college. AA can happen at any age, I am not sure of the percentages, I did learn there are over 100 autoimmune conditions, that is what really blew my mind. I was recently told that Autoimmune conditions is greater then the amount of cancer and heart disease. I have verified that but do know so many people that have one condition or another.
I developed AU suddenly in May. I lost it all in about 2 months. I am 57 years old. I had a quarter-size bald spot at the back of my head when I was in my thirties. My hair stylist noticed it but it grew back right away. There was never a AA diagnosis and I never thought about it again until was on spot showed up at the same place in March. Then all hell broke loose. I am experiencing slight regrowth in my eyebrows and on other places of my body. So disturbing at any age. I hope your condition never gets to this. Hang in there!
I had no single hair at the age of 14, I'm 16 today.
Oh, and it didn't got better.
Hi there, Patchylatchy! I was 37 when I developed AA. It progressed to AU within a few months. I had never noticed any bald spots before, but the first one I found was a doozie. I went to pull my hair up in a ponytail and realized there was a huge bald spot at the base of my hairline. It all fell out pretty quickly from there.
I actually don't know! I did have a very stressful life at the time -- worked at a very stressful job for 13 years. And I always had allergies, eczema, and asthma. Those have improved immensely as I have grown older. I also was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was in my 20s. When pregnant with my 3rd child, it was confirmed as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. So I definitely have some factors that are shared with other folks who have alopecia.
I first developed AA at age 24. I noticed just one quarter-sized spot. It filled in without any treatment after about 3 or 4 months. After that, I would get one spot (always just one) about every 5 or 6 years or so. Again, after 3 or 4 months, the hair would grow back (normal color without any medical treatment). At about age 58 or 59, I developed a spot that would get larger and larger, and then developed a number of other bald patches as well. The hair was not growing back as it did in the past. I did seek treatment (cortisone shots, oral prednisone). The hair would come back in some spots, but then it would fall out again, and/or new spots would form. About 3 and 1/2 years ago, after stopping the shots, I rapidly progressed to AU. About 6 months ago, all of my facial hair came back (perfectly normal). I am curious as to know what caused such an extreme version at such a late age. I went AU at age 65, and I am now 68. My situation appears to be somewhat similar to CCV's case above.
The first time i experienced AU I was 36 and it stayed gone 10 years. The second time I was 63, I am now 69 with no hopes of my hair returning. Both times I was under extreme stress.
I was recently diagnosed at 49 yrs. No previous history. Started with a half-dollar size spot on my crown. Within 6 wks it's progressed to the size of a small grapefruit. At this point it's pretty difficult to disguise. Starting topical steroids so we'll see what happens. I'm vacillating between not giving a Duck vs. topper shopping. The uncertainty is the worst part. A developing monk's tonsure sucks.If I knew i'd lose all/most of my hair, I'd just shave it off.
AA at 58; two remissions (6-8 months each). AU 3 years later. Nothing in my past points to this...no stress, no illness, nothing, it just happened.