Alopecia Areata DURING pregnancy

Elise - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi i have just been diagnosed with alopecia areata.. I am 31 weeks pregnant and this has really upset me. it is a big bald patch on the back of my head.. I am new to this and was wondering if anyone else has suffered this or is suffering?? Your comments would be much appreciated as nowone in my family or friends truly understands how upset this is making me feel.. Thanks xx

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Chloe - posted on 12/29/2011

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I have a history with Areata, aving had it first at 18 really quickly and then not again until 18 months after my second child. Both instances I now believe to have been caused by hormonal imbalances that correct themselves but can take time. The second occurance dragged on for a full two years but was always the lower areas of my scalp making it easy to hide. I'm on my third pregnancy and it is my first girl, my hormones have never been so out of whack and wouldn't ya know it, now my bald spots are returning but this time toward the top! EEEK. I know it is temporary but in all my research you are the first other case I have come across that has started during the pregnancy. Just wondering how it all turned out for you. Where were the spots located and what was the duration? Mine has presented just in the last 2 days and I am 29 weeks so I'm wondering how similar our paths might be. If you have time please post an update. Thanks.

Rebecca - posted on 10/29/2010

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ahhh hun so sorry to here that as a woman i can only immagine how frustrating that would be! you can try a herbal approach oils such as cedarwood, lavender, thyme, and rosemary oils. buy a bottle about 500mls of base oil put about 2 drops of each in to it then put about a table spoon of the mixture in to your bath mix in to the water well and soak your self and head in. this is not a proven treatment but has been known to improve the symptoms. do this 2-3 times a week. failing this there are shampoos u can use, (clobetasol or fluocinonide have been used for many years) make sure u use a good conditioner to to help prevent yr hair from drying out. in 50% of cases the hair will grow back within a year so keep your chin up and give one of these a go, and yes u can combine the lot just do them at different times ie don't bath in the oils when using the shampoo. i hope this helps :)

ASTRO - posted on 05/08/2013

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Just wondering if you have any updates on your condition? I am experiencing alopecia areata as well and am in my first trimester.. No prior history and I found 3 spots only 2-3 weeks after conception.. I am now 8 weeks along with no new spots but also no sign of new hair growing back.. Have not yet gone to the doctor or tried any treatments.. I have always been healthy so this is so odd and confusing!

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Rebecca - posted on 10/29/2010

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no problem i just hope it helps, i'm sure it will, try not to let it get u down. you know what they say. "Smile and the world will smile with you," all the best to you hun xx

Elise - posted on 10/29/2010

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Thats brilliant Rebecca thank you.. i have been given Hydrocortosine cream by my GP but was looking for any other feedback on resolving it. thanks alot for getting back to me xx

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