Alopecia

October 10, 2008

ALOPECIA – n. Medecine the absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows.

Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is the name that the condition is also commonly known by.  There are three types of Alopecia Areata: Alopecia Areata Totalis, which is a total loss of hair on the scalp; Alopecia Areata Universalis, which is the loss of hair over the entire body; and simply Alopecia Areata, which is the loss of hair in round, smooth

Alopecia Areata Totalis

Alopecia Areata Totalis

patches.  It is the result of the body’s immune system attacking its own hair follicles.  Hair loss may be permanent or temporary.  Visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation website for more information.  

Turns out NBA player Charlie Villanueva suffers from Alopecia Areata.

Powder (Alopecia Areata Universalis?)

Powder (Alopecia Areata Universalis?)

I think it’s interesting, but I sure hope it never happens to me.  I know some girls, though, who might go for a form of alopecia where they lose all the hair except on their heads.  And I just thought of this, do you remember Powder?  He must have had alopecia areata universalis!  Mystery solved.

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2 Responses to “Alopecia”

  1. Thea said

    Hi peter and thanks for choosing this word.

    To understand the impact alopecia areata has on women, visit BaldGirlsDoLunch.org. Whereas men can pretty much blend into society with bald heads, women face bigger challenges.

    Our site explains in easy to understand format that there’s no cure for this condition;there are no treatments approved specifically for it….and since research is far from yielding anything new to try, that our programs to help women meet each other is the best way to accept, cope and still live very happily. We’re not sick, though we’re easily mistaken for chemo patients…we just can’t grow hair.

    And yes……..for women to have a permanent Brazilian and never have to pay for it is quite a plus.

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