Loss of hair-part 1

Feb 2020 – I was driving to Indian store for grocery run and stopped at red light. My left hand fingers were gently massaging my scalp and I felt something unusual, like a bald spot behind my left ear. I couldn’t get to a mirror right away and my fingers were going back to the spot over and over again like a million times until I got back home. After returning home, putting away the groceries, I was scared to check on mirror. I called Adi and asked her to check and take a picture. There it was, a big bald spot as I anticipated.

I was shell shocked but acted normal as I didn’t want kids to get affected by my reaction. M was at India during this time. I googled about it after kids went to bed and came to know about the condition “alopecia areata”. Internet self search happened for next few days to learn more about it and its cure. After few days, I noticed another spot closer to scalp centre. I got panicked, what if its rapidly spreading? will I become completely bald soon? I didn’t have any adult nearby to talk about it. Mind was racing with all sorts of thoughts. I looked up for wigs and all other alternative choices if in case I go bald.

Anyhow, we have to move on right? So, I sent pictures to my friend to have second opinion from a skin doctor at India and took an appointment with my doc. She took a look and was very cool. She said this is very common and suggested to go with scalp steroid injections. She assured hair will grow back in few weeks. I felt very confident with the way she spoke and booked consultation appointment with dermatologist for same week. Meanwhile, I was talking to my brother and few more friends to collect more information about this condition. My brother suggested against steroid injections as he said its temporary and this should be my very last option. In parallel, I was also waiting for the opinion from Chennai doctor.

My friend responded after few days and said… to be continued

P.S: It was very tough for me to write this post but decided to share as my experience may benefit someone someday. As this is a serious topic I don’t like to leave this post as a cliff hanger. All is well now (well almost) and it will be too much to share my six month battle with this condition in one post. So, will do it in parts.

Part 2


26 thoughts on “Loss of hair-part 1

  1. Hugs Ani 🤗❤️…I can totally understand what you went through as my mum went through this herself… she went through a phase of depression but even though it took her a while, now she has accepted it… I’m so glad you’re story has a positive ending ❤️❤️

  2. I had alopecia areata two years ago . There were two spots on my head. The doctor I consulted had given me some anti fungal ointment. I applied it on the spots for a few days and then stopped applying it after a month .He had told that the ointment was given just to avoid further infections but it was not really a cure for “alopecia areate”. But he told me that generally the condition occurs due to stress. He had also told me about the steroid injections but suggested that I could avoid them as they were only temporary solutions. He had asked me to take steps to reduce stress. I didn’t do anything in particular but my hair grew back and the bald spots disappeared eventually. I am curious to know how you dealt with this.

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