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I am a 27 year old male and have had alopecia areata for 3 1/2 years. If you are reading this it is more than likely, either you or someone you know has this condition. I have had many patches of hair falling out and regrowing all over my scalp.
I carried on as normal when it first started and hoped it would pass with time but it didn't. After about a year the stares and rude comments began to get me down and I did not know which way to turn.
I went to my GP's who were not very helpful and on occasion downright rude and dissmisive of my condition as not important. I have since changed GP. I have tried numerous treatments including dermovate, betnovate, minoxidil(regaine), minoxidil extra strenght + azalic acid, irritant lotions. I also used thickening sparys, but this was of no use when a patch developed at the side of my head. None of the treatments solved my hair loss problem.
I lost all my confidence, didn't feel myself and became quite depressed. I have seen hair specialists and tried my heart out to find out a way of regrowing a full head of hair. I have spent thousands of pounds over a 3 1/2 year period and it has all been to no available. There is as of yet, no guaranteed cure for this condition. I recently shaved my entire scalp with a razor blade and I now feel much better. There is more to life than how much hair you have or don't have. I feel in control now and the alopecia is not in control of me. I no longer cry when a new patch appears and I no longer let anyone get me down.
Shave the whole lot off and get on with your lives, if I can do it so can you.
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