Has anyone here dealt with it?
I just found out yesterday from the dermatologist that my 6 year old daughter has it. Basically her immune system, for some unknown reason, decided to attack her hair follicles, which have resulted in two coin shaped spots on her scalp where she has completely lost hair.
The positive thing is, she's got a really thick head of hair, and when I do her hair (as in ponytails, braids, that kind of thing), you can't tell at all that anything is wrong. But if she wears it all down, you can see the two spots.
Anyway, there is no real cure, nobody knows why the body would feel threatened by something going on with the scalp but the derm has assured me that my daughter is very healthy and that it is in no shape or form a sign of bad health. She also told me that this could be a one time occurence and never happen again. Another positive it that the dermatologist can detect some new growth starting in those two spots.
I have to apply a special steroid foam to the spots twice a day for two weeks. It's supposed to stimulate hair growth. Then stop treatment for another two weeks, then start again. They are going to have her come in for a recheck in 6 weeks to check for more growth.
Anyway, the diagnosis has left me feeling really helpless. I'm worried about future loss, which is a possibility, but I keep trying to focus on the fact that it could be a one time thing and never happen again.
I just wondered if anyone else here has dealt with it?