Several months ago, I decided to start taking Zinc for my Alopecia Areata, thinking it was a good thing to boost my immune system. After probably a couple of weeks on the Zinc, I began to wonder if this was a good thing to do, or not. Well, at this years NAAF conference, what I began to suspect was confirmed. DO NOT take Zinc, or anything else to boost your immune system!!! Your immune system is attacking your hair follicles, thus, boosting your immune system only aids in what is causing your hair to fall out!
THANK YOU NAAF...our doctors don't know the answers!
On the other hand, one may ask...well, do I try to weaken my immune system somehow? The answer to that is NO! Do NOT do this either! When we do this, we are compromising our health in other areas. Our immune systems are our bodies defense against illness and disease..we DON'T want to compromise this to gain back our hair!!!
Also at the conference, I was able to sign up with NAAF's registry, and donate blood for research! I am more than glad to help in any way I can. Children can donate with just a mouth swab! I am thankful to NAAF, their research, and efforts to learn more about this condition! Now all we need to do is spread awareness to others! Alopecia Areata is the most common immune system disorder, and the least recognized! Insurance companies, at least mine, don't help. They don't cover anything to do with Alopecia! We need to educate them. This is WAY MORE than just a physical condition! It is way more than emotional too! I, personally, have had MUCH PAIN associated with my hair loss, redness & itching, discomfort, sores, all on top of the emotional baggage of Alopecia Areata!