There are some myths that have come up with Alopecia and thought why not cover them!
You can catch Alopecia
You can’t catch Alopecia. If my bald head touches you, I can promise you that will not be the reason you get Alopecia if you do. Yes, Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, but nothing in my body or anyone else’s body with Alopecia will give you the disease.
You can cure Alopecia
Alopecia hasn’t been completely understood, which a part of that means no one is going to have the cure for Alopecia. You’ll see this a lot with hair care products that claim they are the cure, but if the FDA and other researchers have no clue, I’m doubtful a company using flashing and clickbaity links will have the answer.
Your hair will grow back if you’re not stressed
OK, I’ve been the happiest in my life, and my hair didn’t grow back. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease; it acts as other diseases. There will be times where you will see fast hair loss and other symptoms, and then your hair can grow back and may or may not fall out again. There’s no script on how the hair loss will happen, it happens for everyone differently, but sadly just cheering up isn’t going to fix it.
Skin color will change
Yes, I’ve actually gotten this before. Someone said, “I heard wherever you get Alopecia the skin color will change.” Well, I can tell you first hand, in the 20 + years I’ve had Alopecia my skin color hasn’t changed. I was born a soft toned biracial baby and am now a soft toned biracial woman in her thirties. Alopecia affects the hair follicles, not the pigment of the skin.
It’s the same as when men lose their hair
Nope. A man aging and losing his hair is different than a woman or man losing their hair to Alopecia. Male pattern baldness is believed to be a combination of genetics and hormones, whereas an autoimmune disease is an immune system not working correctly. I can say I tried topical and pill treatments formulated for male pattern baldness, and they did nothing regarding hair growth for me. I actually formed an allergy to Rogaine which I’ll be covering in future pages.
Alopecia isn’t that serious
Now people will see Alopecia as someone just losing their hair, so it’s not that big of a deal right? I think when someone is first told about Alopecia they think of all other things someone can be diagnosed with, so yes losing your hair is not life-threatening, but that doesn’t mean downplaying it will make the sufferer feel better. Alopecia can mentally change the way a woman sees herself and the world and can cause depression and anxiety. While some people may think it’s just hair, the sufferer could see it as something they are unable to control and makes them feel like an outcast that can’t look “normal.”
While I continue my research and open my perspective of Alopecia, I will be sure to keep track of myths I come in contact with to make sure I provide my perspective to help people really understand Alopecia.