Hey all,
It's been a while. How y'all doing?

I've never really been interested in the medical side of alopecia. I've never bothered with any medications or injections so I've not done too much thinking on it.

At the moment, I'm doing a little research. Does anyone have some good information on how alopecia affects the fuction of the immune system? I mean, on its affectiveness against infections and viruses? I know that I tend to get sick a lot more than any of my friends, and have always assumed that there's a connection. Any body else in a similar boat, or no of some real research on this???

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Comment by Kate on April 26, 2012 at 8:47pm

Well, I'm sure you've heard this when you were first diagnosed but basically what Alopecia is it's the immune system not recognizing hair as a safe object and assumes that it is a pathogen. When our immune system attacks our hair it falls out (obviously). As to your questions about how it effects the function of the immune system, I too have noticed that I get sick VERY often. In fact I have a cold more often than I don't. So anybody correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume that because the immune system is busy attacking our hair, it misses actual pathogens that are causeing illnesses. I hope I helped! :)

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