I am a 27 year old male and have had alopecia areata for...

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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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    hey

    Just read your comment on the site, and want to congratulate you that you now feel more comfortable with your looks. Having a shaven head is cool, guys look great that way.

    I also have alopecia, obviously I can have a moan and groan now and again, but I am very confortable in my skin, (quite unusal for an 18 year old female who happens to have no hair!). Yes hair contributes to the overall attractiveness of someone but it's certainly not everything, eyes, nose, mouth all come before hand (anyway you can get a good wig haha, a nose job would be painful!) If you are accepting towards alopecia it makes things so much easier, afterall it is something beyond our control so it is pointless stressing!

    Shame about all the money you spend, but the way I look at it, is if it does grow back it will be in it's on time (own sweet time if I'm going to be sarcastic) don't really think any chemicals can promote it well as it's not a natural way.

    Anyway just thought I'ld reply as it's refreshing to hear that alopecia hasn't gotten the best of you, there are too many stories where alopecia 'is' their life. Sometimes kind of feel that I'm the small proportion of people that havent craved in to self pity.

    Remember, guys look rugged shaven, the thug look haha! hey you might even start appealing to whole new female audience (if your lucky!)

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    good for you. i'm a 25year old male and have had alopeica for over 8 months now. its gone from one small patch to two massive patches and many smaller one which will no doubt grow too. i have long hair so i can just about cover it over with a "comb over" but its a constant worry to keep it covered up and i cant go out without thinking about it. i'm sure all the thinking about it makes it worse. i've got to the point now where i'm sick of hiding it and wearing hats that i'm am thinking i might aswell just shave the whole lot off and get on with my life. i guess all im worried about it the initial shock for everyone else i know. how did you deal with this? all the questions? did you tell everyone you had the desease or just that you fancied shaving off all your hair? did you shave it completely off? i think if i do it it will look even stranger if i shave on like a grade 1, did you just use a rasor? i admire your confidence mate. all the best.

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    I`m a male and shaved my hair to the scalp.It looked like i was a globe of the world,as a pattern of the hair i did have showed through still.I now let my hair grow and wear a beenie hat as much as possible to cover it`s not perfect of course ,but i get less stares from ignorant people!
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    It's better to go for a complete hair transplant and hair restoration surgery from an experienced surgeon to get rid of this problem. 

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