Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:53 PM
I was diagnosed gluten intolerant in November, just before Thanksgiving (nice timing!). About two months prior, in September, I noticed a couple round spots where my hair fell out. I figured it was brought on by stress, but read recently that there's a connection between gluten sensitivity and alopecia areata. Anyway, it's been six months and the hair hasn't come back. If anything the spots have gotten bigger since going gluten free.
I've been using Nioxin, but just switched to a gluten-free shampoo and conditioner just on the off chance that there's something gluten-derived in Nioxin (I've heard mixed reports). The little bumps that appeared on my bald spots are clearing up, which is something.
Has anyone had this problem, and if so, how long did it take before your hair came back?
This has happened to me once before, in 2007, and it came back within a few months. It's pretty disturbing. I look like a sumo wrestler if I put my hair in a ponytail.
Any help would be most appreciated.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:16 PM
My unscientific theory is that my immune system didn't have as much to fight so it decided to focus more on my hair once the gluten went away. All I know is that I've never felt better, so I'm coping with the possibility of being bald but otherwise healthy. Wigs are shockingly comfortable and realistic, and my insurance covers them. Has anyone else experienced this?
Visual damage seen via endoscopy Oct '10
Diagnosed Celiac with "3B" damage via positive biopsy Oct '10
Gluten Free since 10/9/10
Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:21 PM
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