My name is Nicholas, I come from Cyprus and I want to share my alopecia story. Couple of years ago I started having alopecia signs, a bald patch on my beard near my chin. At first, I didn't even pay attention because it was quite small. Unfortunately things got worse. One more patch appeared on my beard and then another 4-5 patches on my head. Needless to say I got really upset, so I visited a doctor whose reaction was unsympathetic and not at all reassuring. He just said that it is alopecia and there is nothing I can do about it. Then I visited another doctor who started a therapy using ultrasounds to revive the hair but without any visible results. So I went to another doctor who performed blood exams which I aced them all with flying colours. She insisted that is all down to stress and started a new therapy by injecting vitamins and plasma straight to the inflicted areas once a week. It's extremely painful and expensive...Things improved a little bit and just when I started to feel better, my hair fell off again causing serious depression and frustration. I wasn't going to give up though so I turned my attention to alternative medicine. Acupuncture, ginger juice, onion juice, you name it, I tried it. All in vain though. Nothing but dead ends again. In the meantime I got really angry and annoyed when people said to me to stop worrying so much and it's nothing but stress. First of all, nobody knows how it really feels and secondly and most importantly there is no God damn switch to flip to stop stressing. At that time, I started seeing things from another prospective. I am just your average Joe, I have a beautiful, supportive wife, a lovely daughter, a nice job and in general I consider my self a very secure and lucky guy. I wasn't gonna let anybody tell me that is down to stress because this is nothing but a vicious circle. If you let it go to your brain that is down to stress you are GONNA GET STRESSED. Besides where is the definite proof? There is no scientific study to support this anyway. I got so sick of doctors saying this and to be honest I think it's a cheap excuse they use because even themselves don't know what is causing it. So I went to see another doctor I had heard about..The moment I stepped into his office, I made my self clear and clarified that if he hasn't got anything new to say besides stress,I was just going to walk away. To my great surprise, he said that he agreed with me. Yes, stress can make it worse but that is not the definite cause. He advised me to regard alopecia just like any other disease. It's something I carry inside me and we need to suppress it. So we began a cortisone based therapy (cortisone injections and apply SYNALAR cream once a day). Guess what? A month later, just one month later my patches are 85-90% healed. One more session and hopefully this will belong to the past.. I advise you to stop stressing about stress caused by alopecia and go round and round chasing your own tails. Try this treatment with your dermatologist. It's not YOU, it's just a disease that needs treatment, nothing more nothing less. Good luck everybody, stay strong and all the best to you.  

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Comment by JeffreySF on March 20, 2019 at 3:39am

Corticosteroids with long term use have terrible side effects.

Short term use can be effective but after stopping the usage, the alopecia typically returns.

Comment by Rainy on April 3, 2019 at 11:07pm

Hi Jiraiya,

I am 46 years old.  When I was about 5, I started losing my hair.  I ended up losing it all, including eyebrows and eyelashes.  My mom took me to doctors and specialists and none of them knew the cause.  They thought it was due to stress.  I went from kindergarten through fourth grade with no hair and wore a wig.  That summer all of a sudden my hair just started growing back.  When I returned to fifth grade I didn't need a wig.  It was good until I was around 19, when it started coming out again.  I lost over 50%.  I was referred to a dermatologist and luckily throughout the years there was new information about hair loss.  They diagnosed me with alopecia.  They did tell me there is no cure, and unfortunately there still isn't today, but they were able to give me a form of steroid inections.  I believe the doctor called it Kenolog.  They give you shots in your head where the hair loss or patches are.  It is supposed to help stop the hair loss and help with regrowth.  It took awhile, but it eventually did help.  I think it took about a year, maybe less before I started regrowing my hair.  But it did grow in nicely.  I never used any creams, just the shots.  Thankfully, I haven't had an issue since.  My hair has never been really full like normal people's hair is without alopecia, and my hairline is high, but I do have hair now.  I am glad you had success with your injections.  Whether your a man or woman, it sucks to deal with this hair loss.  Not only do you lose your hair on your head, but if you have a bad case like I did, you more than likely lose eyebrows and eyelashes.  If it happened to me now, there is a lot more options such as false eyelashes and eyebrow pencil.  But when I was young, that wasn't really an option.  And obviously for a man, it's not an option.  The wigs they made years ago when I first had the problem looked just awful.  They are much better now days.  I will post a picture of one of my old crappy wigs.  I got teased so much  when I was young.  Luckily I had a few good friends that helped.  And when I lost it the second time, people (adults) were just as cruel. Coming up to me and asking if I had cancer or aids.  It was so depressing and humiliating.  And yes, people told me the same thing.  Don't worry about it, your stress is making it worse.  Like you said, you can't turn off stress.  I hope things stay good for you.  Good luck, and feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to talk.

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