Alopeica Areata or Telogen Effluvium?

Hey Guys,

I've had hair loss since July 2013 when I was 16, The hair loss started on top of my ears, and slowly started on my crown in circular patches. I've always had very long and thick hair so It was always something I could hide until it started on the back of my hair and more on the sides and became extremely noticeable.

Anyway, I write this blogpost because I'm confused. My hair will grow back in some areas, but always fall out again during Spring time (in Australia it being during Sept-Nov) and continue till Summer and then start growing back again throughout the year and then happen all over again. For the past two years its looked like Telogen Effluvium (as it sheds slowly and I can see clumps of hair in the shower and my hair looks really thin until it eventually turns into a bald spot) so I'm confused if its Aloepcia Areata or Telogen Effluvium. Ive always been told my hair loss is due to an underlying autoimmune condition perhaps. I want to know is anyone experiencing something similar to this and if so what measures should I take (who should I see, what tests I should do) and also what worked for them. Should I see a dermatologist? A homeopath? Is it due to gut problems or heavy metal toxicity, iron deficiency? Im willing to do any of the required tests to find out but it will be nice to hear what everyone has done!

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Comment by LJBMD on February 4, 2019 at 10:07pm

My 15 year old daughter is experiencing what you are describing; we have been told by two dermatologists that it is Alopecia Areata, although no one can tell us why there is diffuse hair loss all over the scalp. She has had the spots injected and she uses clobetasol solution. We are praying four the hair loss to stop. 

Comment by Medispa Hair Transplant Center on February 7, 2019 at 4:34am
Comment by Jbuenojr on March 3, 2019 at 12:10am

I dont have an answer to your question, but my experience with this condition is exactly like yours. The past 4 years.. Every September till Feb there is shedding and then in March, it grows back then starts all over again. Beyond frustrating 

Comment by LJBMD on March 3, 2019 at 6:48am

 This is very interesting. Would you consider going on a prophylactic immunosuppressant at that time of year to try to decrease the shedding? Just a thought?

Comment by Dr Ajaya Kashyap on March 6, 2019 at 2:27am
Comment by mandyflores on May 19, 2019 at 1:09am

A doctor can easily clarify what is the actual name of this disease but one of my friends has faced the same one as you described. Always hoping for the best because I am sure that this problem of your will be solved by going to the best hair specialist. My passion is about writing and helping students. Therefore I`m a freelance writer at australian writing I have found a piece of new information from your topic!

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