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    Im 13 And i Have Really Bad Hair Loss I Am Brushing My Hair Properly and i dont straighten or use and products except like shampoo and conditioner (Ozy's) And Its Falling Out in big clumps on my pillow and all different things and im startin to get bald patch's and im a girl so people take the mik but i dont no what to do my gp said i will grow out of it in 2010 but i havnt still :/





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    Dear Ella, I really feel bad for you and can understand a little of what you might be going through. I was born with very thin hair and a couple of large patches. My hair has never grown and is unlikely to, as I was born like this - I am 47 now. I don't know where your doctor has the idea that you will grow out of it. so little is known about alopecia, your hair may grow back ,it might get worse, it might get better and never fall out again. it could also be hormonal. However, the reason i am writing is that I can absolutely relate to how you're feeling as a teenager. as a girl it is so important to feel good about your hair, and you just dont when it's like ours. I can remember all the jibes at school - I HATED going to school, and every day I would get called baldy or skinhead. There is one positive here - you had hair, and it's possible it will come back. in the meantime, you could try nanogen fibres (look on ebay) to add a bit of thickness, or some of the concealer pencils they do. try to remember, one day you will feel ok about this - it is only hair and although you feel your world is a painful one to live in, it could be a whole lot worse, like your sight, hearing or a limb. My 10 year old son is also suffering hair loss now, i don't know whether it will grow back or not, i am trying to support him, and i know from experience how cruel other kids can be. Hang on in there petal, what doesn't kill you makes you a whole lot stronger. Think of a few witty retorts - "I have a medical condition - what's your excuse?" etc, and try to see the names callers as the ones with the problem. I pretended I was deaf when I was a kid - you'd be surprised how quickly they get fed up when they don't get a response. Good luck hunny.xx

    This may be no help at all, but in manchester is the place hair solved which did the hair system for the litte girl with alopecia. they deal with a lot of clients who have it, so they may be able to put you in touch with a support group. aasc - the alopecia website is a wealth of information about all sorts of hair loss - trichotillomania included. worth checking out for peoples experiences. Also there is an alopecia support group that meets in salford - again people with similar experiences go there. If she has been referred to cahms through the gp i am wondering whether a referal through her school may speed things up - it sometimes does. i really hope this helps you. its a tricky one to deal with, but be hopeful and positive because its something conquerable. I know several people who have come through trich

    Dear Ella, I really feel bad for you and can understand a little of what you might be going through. I was born with very thin hair and a couple of large patches. My hair has never grown and is unlikely to, as I was born like this - I am 47 now. I don't know where your doctor has the idea that you will grow out of it. so little is known about alopecia, your hair may grow back ,it might get worse, it might get better and never fall out again. it could also be hormonal. However, the reason i am writing is that I can absolutely relate to how you're feeling as a teenager. as a girl it is so important to feel good about your hair, and you just dont when it's like ours. I can remember all the jibes at school - I HATED going to school, and every day I would get called baldy or skinhead. There is one positive here - you had hair, and it's possible it will come back. in the meantime, you could try nanogen fibres (look on ebay) to add a bit of thickness, or some of the concealer pencils they do. try to remember, one day you will feel ok about this - it is only hair and although you feel your world is a painful one to live in, it could be a whole lot worse, like your sight, hearing or a limb. My 10 year old son is also suffering hair loss now, i don't know whether it will grow back or not, i am trying to support him, and i know from experience how cruel other kids can be. Hang on in there petal, what doesn't kill you makes you a whole lot stronger. Think of a few witty retorts - "I have a medical condition - what's your excuse?" etc, and try to see the names callers as the ones with the problem. I pretended I was deaf when I was a kid - you'd be surprised how quickly they get fed up when they don't get a response. Good luck hunny.xx

    Omg we are the same I'm 14 i started biting and pulling out strand of hair when I was 12 and I never liked how my hair looked up or in a bun so I always kept it down so that was a big temptation but recently about a lil after I turned 14 I was getting concerned cause I was visually seeing my hair get thinner throughout those two years and my parents are about 45 and 50 and they have way more hair than me and also thicker than mines cause having lots of thick straight/wavy hair runs in the family and my hair is in layeres and I can visually see big chunks of hair I pulled out in those two years,I can see them growing and I would mostly pull out hair in my bottom layer cause at first I thought I had way too much hair and it took forever to straighten or curl,and. Now my bottom layer has two skinny strands along w/ the hair that's growing back from the hair I pulled out.

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    hey getting hair like that is normal especially if you have dark hair or are dark skinned. If you really want to help you can buy bleaching agents at boots for body hair, you leave it on for 10 minutes and it will make them lighter/blonder. what ever you do dont shave your arms, back or tummy as the hair will grow back thicker and darker and you will most likely get more hair when it comes back. If you're really worried about it go see your doctor because your hormones could be causeing you to grow more hair x

    My two year old girl has a loss bit of skin on her bum she has had it since she has been born but she has always got a sore bum all the time iv taken her to the doctors but they dont look at her they just give my cream he bum is never right..... Please help me

    Hi, I am 19 years old and I have been ulling out and chewing my hair for the past 2-3 years, although I have tried to stop many times, its becoming more difficult with time. I tend to hide my hair in pockets and under my pillow to 'save' it for later. I live a normal active life and no one is aware of this problem however I know it is wrong and was hoping I'll grow out of it as my doctor said but I have not. i have tried cutting my hair short, eating snacks to replace the hair, keeping my hair tied up, etc.





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    my son is 18mths old and has red/strawberry blond hair. I found black bits in his hair that looked like soil I guessed these were nits. Do nits change colour with hair as I've only seen white eggs on dark hair?





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    The white eggs are dead ones - empty egg cases. The live eggs, those that will hatch into lice are a dark brown colour and will be close to the scalp. In a long term infestation it is believed that the lice will develope a changed colour to help them camoflage into the hair, as the different generations of lice hatch. Generally they range from a fairly transparent light brown to a dark brown/black. I find them most easily spotted after they have just fed as their abdomens show up as a dark spot.

    Hi Sam, White eggs are alive, brown coloured eggs are dead. The adult lice are dark.

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    My 17 month old daughter recently had a bout of gastro, while she was ill she developed a habit of pulling her hair to comfort herself. I thought she would stop once she got better but she hasn't, she has got worse. She's now pulled her hair so much she has gone bald on the right hand side of her head. She does it out of habit now, there isn't a particular reason but she's worse when I put her to bed and pulls handfulls out when she's going to sleep. I've tried distracting her and given her her favourite doll which she now takes every where with her but she still pulls her hair. She holds her doll in her left hand and pulls her hair with her right hand, she likes having her hair in her hand while she's sucking her thumb and she is also eating her hair as it is coming out in her poo so I'm worried about her getting a hair ball. Is there anything else I can do?





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    Hi Rosalie. I am an adult with alopecia areata and have had the condition since I was 4.Fortunately my hair loss was relatively brief as a child (but painful for my mom) however I am now suffering 80% loss. I want to thank you posting the information regarding extensions. It's very helpful.

    I too would like more information on this subject. I had a brain tumour followed by radiotherapy which burned my hair follicles so I now have no hair on the front of my head now. Nobody knows how badly hair loss affects the confidence of the person affected.More research and money should be put into developing more permanent solutions. I agree the subject is Taboo

    i don't really have bald pathes (or havn't found any) I'm 14 and if i run my finger through it'll come our or if i brush or wash it! I'm really scared as my dad lost his hair :'( But i don't know if my hair loss is just natrual? it dind't used to come out, what does the average person lose?





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    Hello, I am a 21 year old who has suffered from hair loss for around 5 years I have Been to hair solve with Lucas that is in Manchester and also whitecliffs in Manchester, hair solved is hood but I did not adapt to the system as it is different to everyone and he did not have the correct colour to suit My own hair colour so went to whitecliffs which I really disliked unwound not recommended this company to anyone inha a very ba experience there. So please research and ask lots of questions before you purchase one.





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    I agree been both Lucas and white cliffs studio and being scammed with money these should have no advertisement at all they ruin people's lives. Disgusted that the tv is promoting these companies without finding out what there like first

    I have had alopecia since i was 32, i am now 54.After many periods of depression ,due to feeling unfemanine with varying degrees of hairloss i had a system fitted at hair solved in manchestereight months ago.after six months it has to be removedcomletely.my hair loss had got really worse,i think this was due to traction where the clips grip your hair.imentioned this to the salon but was told this was unlikely.i am not totally sure if i believe them.don't get me wrong, the system looks good,even though it still feels alien.

    It is fantastic that you are addressing this problem as it is very stressful. My daughter has it. You have no featured two cases of hair loss now . One went to Whitecliffs and one to Hair Solved. I would like to know if I may what the girls feedback is as neither of them said how it felt to wear them for any length of time or whether they were comfortable or not. Also what they felt about them six months down the line. Please follow this up. Its so important.





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    Thankyou for the feature on alopecia areata my daughter has suffered from this condition for many years we would so love to find out more about the procedure that the featured person had done with the webbing but do not know where to start or look can anybody help or know of anyone who has had this procedure we live in the south of england and would not mind travelling thankyou

    My daughter had this done in December 09 as she had alopecia areata but since having it done all of her hair has fallen out so she now has alopecia totalis. She had it done at lucinda ellery in london, it was supposed to last 2 years, but only lasted 4 months. It cost an absolute fortune and everyone who we have seen about it says that the interlace system has caused her hair to to be puuled out at the root, her hair was all matted to the interlace system when she had it taken off so I would recommend that you don't do it!

    My daughter is 13, she had just developed a small penny sized patch on the side of her head, luckily it is on the side of her head towards the back and well hidden by the rest of her hair and can't be seen only when we are washing it .She is very healthy, we have no reports of hair loss in the family, however she has recently had her booster immunisation at school and I wonder if this has triggered it. Also could anyone give advice as to whether she is likely to get anymore patches appear and what are the chances of her hair growing back? Thanks





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    My 12 year old daughter has just developed a bald patch on the top of her head. It is about the sixe of a £2 coin. She has very long hair and at the minute we are able to hide it but this has totally knocked her self confidence. She was a bubbly outgoing girl who would take and post selfies of her self and now she wont let you take her picture or wears a hat even indoors. My doctor has taken blood tests but we haven't had the results yet. I have a thyroid problem but no hair loss. He did say there was a chance that it might grow back and I was hoping that someone that has suffered from this could advise if their hair grew back and how long it took.





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    My son was diagnosed at 6yrs 10 yrs and always used a steroid cream and after 18months it always grew back, at 14 yrs (looks like 4yr cycles) it returned the cream didnt work and we decided to leave it and see what happens, I took my son to A&E on a different matter and the doctor asked if my son was diabetic and when i said no he said get him tested, just after his 16th birthday my son was diagnosed as being type1 is this the cause as he is lost a great about of hair and all yhe shampoos for hair loss are not working





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    definitely you can stop hair loss problem after stop to take stress more.

    My Grandaughter has a rash that covers her whole body.The Doctors are at a loss to what it is. There are 2 parts to this rash it started with what was first thought to be ring worm, she had a very large raised rash that was the size od a small teacup, this then became infected and the other rash has now covered her completly. It does itch she is 7 and very upset, her eyes are like little slits on her face. There is a 20 week wait to see a consultant, she was so bad yesterday took her to A&E they were also at a loss to what it was and took a blood test to rule out other symptoms. Please can you help her.





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    i decided to get all my hair cut off even though my hair was down to my knees i still got it cut off and i've had mine for 4 years and it worked getting my hair cut off you should try it your hair will grow back i had long straight hair now i've got short spiky hair.

    I'm 16 and have 3 patches, one a bit bigger than a €2 coin, one the size of a €2 coin and one the size of a €0.50 coin. I noticed the first one in december 2013 and have been taking vitamin c tablets and hair loss shampoo as recommended by the local cbemist. the patch that is the size of a €2 coin has grown back quickly and im so happy it has. it's very tough having these patches but my friends and most of the people in school know. teachers are very helpful as are my friends :) to anyone who has alopecia try keep your head up, I feel that the more people who know the easier it is





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    hey I'm 16 and i have hair al over my body I am ashamed of this I can not even wear a bikini because I have very thick hair so when I shave it you can still see it. the hair on my face, is really embarrassing everyday have to look in the mirror if hair has grown back and make sure I've pulled out all .it makes me unsure sometimes i can't even look at somebody becease im afraid they will see facial hair.It's not that i tink i'm ugly everyone is unique in its own way but so much hair is to unique for me and i'd rather be normal :( HELP desperate (sorry for my english i'm dutchxD)





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    my daughter iss 8 and has had alopecia aereata since she started school at 4.i've tried everything,even the loopy stuff on the internet! we've had most sucess with vitamin d supplements. look at the vitamin d council site on the internet and make up your own mind. we've been supplementing for over 6 months and i would say she is now as good as it's ever been. she still gets hair loss, shes still got patches, but they are fewer and always regrowing.coincidence? maybe, but as a mum i feel i'm doing something, at least. lastly,don't dwell on alopecia,don't let it become more important than the person. there are worse things out there, so listen,sympathise and give them an interest in anything they enjoy.you do have to learn to live with the condition,cos you can't fight it. good luck.





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    I'm very interested in your comments about vitamin d. My 11 year old son is suffering with several bald patches and desperately trying to find something that might help. The dr has given him a mild steroid cream but that didn't work! Did you get your daughter tested to see if she was deficient of vitamin d? And how is it going?

    ahh my sister used to do this ;) she used to take hold of her bottle and suck it and twist her hair around her finger and pull it out and in the morrning she had a load of patches but we didnt see a doctor, we simply persuaded her when she was 3 that if she keeps pulling her hair out we just used to say " if you stop pulling your hair out you will have hair like a princess" and she carried on for a while but then the problem just went away! i have a problem as well. im 13 and ive been crying for bout a week non stop and i think i have alopecia.... about a week ago i had a shower and a LOOOOTTT of hair came out. i have a shower everyday because my hair gets soooo greasy. and every day this week more and more hair has been coming out. fortunately i have really thick hair so its just thinning gradually but no round bald patches? so is this alopecia or not? im so confused if i slide my hand over my hair with grip a lot of hair comes out also! AHH help me! im scarredd!

    Hi I am 14 years old and I have Pcos Syndrome I heard Nhs covers Laser hair removal treatment if you have a underlaying condition which contributes to hair growth ? I have really embarassing hair on my chin and my sides I have to regulary wax every 2-3 days usually they say when you wax your hair doesnt come back within 2 weeks but I think because I have Pcos my hair growth is really fast I am so Embarrased My Life is so stressfull I am the only girl in my school who has any facial hair everyone else is fine





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    NHS won't do it until you're 18, I'm 16 and was forced to go to a private treatment which was too expensive because of it.

    Im 31 and have PCOS, Ive had problems with body hair since I was about your age. I made a fatal mistake and started shaving when I was 15 and now have to shave every day like a man. It makes me feel very un female as I have hais on my face, chest and tummy. Please please please dont make the same mistake and hold on for laser hair removal, have you tried to dye the hair inbetween waxing as this may give you a bit of a rest?

    Hi phoebe , well I have a long hair and I keep having head lice , this year I had it 3 times ! I had tons of nits in my hair. U don't need expensive treatment to get rid of lice and nits, ill tell u what I do when ever I get lice I put vinger in my hair then I cover it with shower cap and I let it overnight then in the morning ill remove the shower cap and go stright to the shower to wash my hair with regural shampo , u won't believe the amount of bugs falling off my hair then I comb my hair while in the shower for 20 minutes then ill blow dry my hair . After that comes the nit picking step, since I have no one to pick through my hair , ill put a white sheet on the floor and sit on it combing my hair down removing all the nits out, repeat daily for 2 weeks and u will be lice free. And don't be embarressed ! Its very common having lice. And when ppl ask me I say yes I have lice . Nothing to be ashamed off.

    Hi, first all her hair need wet hair then put shampoo on her hair whilst you need to use a normal comb until the hair become smooth. Then wash her hair again then to put conditioner on her hair whilst to use a special comb to carry on (if there is lots of headlice (eggs or alive) to go throw it under the running tap as need to carry on to comb until the headlice become disappeared. Then wash her hair again and get dry. I know its long time to use it as its really worth to get over that. I did used it for my three children about all afternoon (each of them about two to three hours to comb a lot). I always check my kids hair in every week to make sure. Please dont forget to take her clothes or bed things out to washing machine immediately. Good Luck

    Hi, I'm 24 and I have noticible hair on my top lip, the occasional few on my chin, stomach, round my nipples, back of thighs and bum. I wax every 4 weeks and pluck the hair around my nipples as soon as they grow through as i don't want my boyfriend to notice. I've found that with getting the hair waxed or plucking it, it takes longer for it to grow back so its a bit easier to hide. I don't recommend shaving as i did that before and it seem to make the hair thicker. I started getting thicker hair at 9 and got teased when going swimming so at that age i used hair removal cream as i was too nervous to shave, but i find now that it doesn't work as affective as the hair can be too thick. If i had the money i would get laser treatment as i feel self conscious about the hair. Hope this is useful for some people.





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