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Introduction To Alopecia


Considering the continuing array of emotions to which alopecia patients are subject, there is a vast pool of education and support resources to aid the alopecia patient. Comfort Wigs, ETC can bill your insurance company for a wig.

Alopecia areata  is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent of the population overall, including more than 4 million people in the United States alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is still not familiar with alopecia areata, the disease can have a profound impact on one's life and functional status, both at work and at school.

In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are attacked by a person's own immune system  resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races; however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically devastating. Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on the lives of those disrupted by this disease. For more information see http://www.alopeciaareata.com/requestinfo/faq.asp .

The three paragraphs above are from the National Alopecia Areata Foundation web site at http://www.alopeciaareata.com/default2.asp 

Coping With Hair Loss  Many other Web sites address the hair loss and emotions encountered with alopecia, such as the NAAF with the above link. The Web site is comprehensive with links to support groups, etc.

 

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