If someone here who can help me with something.

I am a college student, and in my english class, I have to write a informative essay. So I have to leave my emotions out of it. I chose to do mine about alopecia. Nearly every one I have came across, has never heard about it. I would like to write about it, because I have it, and this is my oportunity to teach people about it. I am going to attach it at the bottom. I don't need help writing it, I am just hoping that if I left some important information out, that some of you may know, and could tell me about, that I could add. I just know what my doctor has told me, and surfing the web. I would appreciate any comments anyone would make, facts to point out! thanks so much.





S.Campbell
11-05-08

What is alopecia

Alopecia is an auto immune disease that results in hair loss. The immune system attacks itself and as a result the hair falls out. Hair can be lost all over the body. There are different types of alopecia, each categorized by the amount and location of hair loss. Alopecia Areata is hair loss to the face and the scalp, that is the size of quarters, they are usually round or oval. Alopecia totalis is the complete hair loss of the scalp. Alopecia universalis is the loss of all body hair. Although alopecia does not have any negative affect on a persons physical healt the loss of hair can make it a stressful and upsetting condition for sufferers.

The cause is not known. Its thought that alopecia is hereditary. Also some studies show that emotional stress plays a part of Alopecia. The chances of getting Alopecia are higher if a person has a family member who has had Alopecia. Some syptoms of Alopecia are gradual thinning of the hair, especially on the top of the head. Broken hairs, or hairs that are easily removed. One or more round or oval bald spots on the head. A persons health is not affected. If a person does have alopecia, the only thing she may feel is tenderness on the bald spots.

Alopecia Is said to be hereditary. People who have alopecia are prodominantly women. Since the cause is unknown its difficult to explain why it happens, and therefore who is sesiptible to getting the diesease. Anyone can get Alopecia, the chances are higher durning childhood, and the chances of getting it are higher if a relative has or had it. One in five people who has alopecia will have a relative who has Alopecia. A person who questions if they have alopecia call give a pull test. If a person grabs a lock of hair about sixty strands of hair, sort of pull on it, if more than six hairs fall out, then she should see a determotologist.

There is not a cure for alopecia. However there are treatments that are performed to try and help promote hair growth, on the other hand they do not prevent new patches from occuring. Minoxidil lotion is used, steriod injections such as cortisone. Some dermatologist suggest rogain. Some people take the surgical route, such as hair transplants. Some people use herbs, try special diets, and theraputic attempts.

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Comment by Angela on November 8, 2008 at 12:58am
spell check and you'll be good to go. You've done a nice job here.
Comment by rj, Co-founder on November 8, 2008 at 8:13am
Here is an article that I researched and wrote last year. It deals with the social dimension of coping with alopecia. I hope you find it helpful or enlightening in some way. :-)
Comment by Lori on November 8, 2008 at 11:43pm
Depending on how much air is lost determines whether dermatologist's recommend Rogaine. In some cases persons with AT who have used it have had a bad reaction/ loads of facial hair but none on thier head. In the case os AU most times a dermatologist will tell you ther's not much they can do.

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