Talk:Alopecia areata

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Addition to External Links[edit]

Here's a great blog that's becoming a sounding board for many individuals who suffer from all kinds of hair loss. What he did and his documentation to help educate others.

Battle Against Bald Follow the results of Seth Garon’s hair surgery.

Jurap267 20:25, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

What about National Alopecia Areata Foundation??? -- (talk) 23:57, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

I'd like to add a link to Ithunn (talk) 10:12, 7 October 2010 (UTC) [ Alopecia World, a social networking site for people living with hair loss, their loved ones and friends. Please check out the website to make sure whether this complies with Wikipedia's guidelines. WSchmied (talk) 12:11, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Nonprofit Bald Girls Do LunchBecause women in particular have much shame and embarrassment about the condition, meeting others with it is a vital tool for coping and sharing strategies for living well. BGDL is the only nonprofit bringing women with alopecia areata together in their regions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:56, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

More suggested links[edit]

Here are some links which I think should be added. The first 2 are particularly important. The 3rd doesn't have much information, but looks interesting.

Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings Volume 8, Issue 2 (October 2003) Now a few years old, but a comprehensive conference on the topic. These papers are available free of charge.

Alopecia Areata Registry A registry to determine genetic components of alopecia areata.

Discussion of studies investigating linkage between alopecia areata and hepatitis B vaccine If the linkage appears true, this may be important. Nereocystis (talk) 01:30, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

Charlie Villanueva link[edit]

I found this REAL video download on on Charlie Villanueva, an alopecia areata sufferer who inspired other sufferers of this disease. I posted this on the external links section of his article page. I think it could be applicable to the external links section here. Thoughts?

Amchow78 20:41, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Gustavo Chacin[edit]

Would Gustavo Chacin be a person known enough to be placed on the "Notable People with Condition" list? --Smoothtofu 23:18, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Found an interesting new site that describes Alopecia and shows some great images - VisualDxHealth[edit]

Found an interesting new site that describes Alopecia Areata and shows some great images - thought it might be useful for folks looking to learn more about the condition.

Might add it to the external links

Comment on above[edit]

I just came to this page with the same comment. I think the images would be a great addition. I can't tell when the above comment was added, but I'm adding my comment on 29 Nov 07. It appears nobody else has commented yea or nay on the suggestion above, so I will monitor this talk page for a few days, and then add the suggested link if nobody poses an objection.

I hope this is correct wikipedia practice. I did look at the talk page guidelines, and link addition guidelines, and while I'm not clear on exactly how to encourage more dialog on this question, this seems like a legitimate way to get community feedback. I welcome any feedback on what might be a more "standard" wikipedia process.

Greyhound4334 (talk) 06:48, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Sometimes stress-related[edit]

Some alopecia is stress related/ psychosomatic, I think this is what Gail Porter attributes hers to. The article could mention stress as occassionally being a cause or exacerbating symptoms. (i deleted a spam link from here too)Merkinsmum 23:07, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

  • The reaction of most people who have alopecia areata is comparable to the grief and the stages of loss (as defined by Kubler-Ross). I'm in regular contact with alopecians all over the world, and the feeling akin to a terminal disease is not reported. What alopecians commonly report is going through the stages of loss and grief experienced after the death of someone or something close to us; not whatwe would feel if we ourselves had a terminal illness. Stress: alopecia areata cannot be caused by stress alone and is not psychosomatic. Major life stressors can be the trigger that activates a person's immune system, but the person would already have to be genetically predisposed. In alopecia areata, the follicles are intact and remain intact so there is always the potential for regrowth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:08, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

Notable People[edit]

Where did this section come from? I've never heard of 90% of these people having been afflicted with this disease. It seems like someone just wrote up a list of bald pepole and said they had Alopecia Areata. I think these should be removed until they can be properly sourced. User:Unk 2:10, 11 July 2007 (UTC

I tagged it only a week or so ago. Maybe two weeks. I'm not sure if we should leave it and wait or not. I'm inclined to remove it, since it has been tagged as unsourced for a long time and does not seem to be correct. --Cheeser1 22:19, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
I agree, and I'll do the honours. I am of two minds, though (see a similar discussion on talk:Toupee, as to whether it's only unencyclopedic due to its unsourced state (for the most part - I saw at least one entry with a link), or if it's just plain unencyclopedic. I do think however that the standard for inclusion in such a list should be very high - impeccable references. Anchoress 01:03, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

Protein Deficiency a Co-factor?[edit]

I have had alopecia areata for 6 months and have recently been diagnosed with dietary protein deficiency, which I think may have been the trigger. Also a friend of mine who has been diagnosed as having the same condition eats little protein, by her own admission.--Ithunn (talk) 17:00, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Authenticity of Images[edit]

If anyone questions the authenticity of an provided image, you should first consult the uploader and place a note on the talk page. Please do not just remove images, or other materiel from articles without a little research. I would not have included the image if I did not feel it portrayed a significant portrayal of this condition. Plus, there was no other free images to use. The one i provided can be verified. Thanks. Who (talk) 03:58, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Addition of External Link[edit]

I made some edits for clarity and added an external link to Clinicaltrials.gove before I saw the request to post new links to this talk page. My apologies for that. Ira Leviton (talk) 20:02, 5 April 2016 (UTC)


Alopecia is an auto immune system disease that attacks an individual’s hair follicles making it so he or she cannot grow hair in that spot and will result in hair loss in that spot. Alopecia is a difficult disease in today’s society, not everyone understands what it is or why an individual of any age is bald. Alopecia is hard to cope with having to live with it, all the medicines, and home remedies you can use but take time to reproduce the hair you once had. Alopecia does not only affect the individual suffering from it but also their loved ones. The medicines and home remedies are just an added on stress, constantly wondering if the new product will work and if not how you will hide the bald spots this time around. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:18, 6 March 2017 (UTC)