Gluten free=hair slowly coming back

Well I haven't been on in a while but summer has been busy I guess. Just thought I'd try the blog and let you all know that I went gluten free about 3.5 months ago and have had hair grow back in places that weren't responding to steroid injections. I have a few eyelashes that have decided to stick around and am hoping the rest will join soon:) In the past, they would come in as little stubbles and then fall out a few weeks later but these have grown quite long and have maintained longer than before. It's all exciting but at the same time I don't want to get my hopes up. I'm getting tired of the wig even though I've only been wearing it since February. Cheers to all of you have been doing that for years. Maybe with winter coming I won't mind it so much.

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Comment by Barbara on September 2, 2009 at 9:17am
Interesting! I am very interested in hearing about your progresss (or not) going forward! I don;t think there is a solution for all of us, but something out there has to work for some of us! I personally started painting on white iodine a week ago.

How long ago were you diagnosed? How much hair loss do you have?
Comment by Barbara on September 2, 2009 at 9:43am
Hi Amanda - saw this connection in Wikipedia searching areata and gluten

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-sensitive_enteropathy_associated_conditions
Comment by Amanda on September 2, 2009 at 10:20pm
Thanks for the link Barbara, it definetly has some interesting things listed. I have had AA since I was about 4, so about 23 years now. My worst episode was when I was 8 but it grew back within a year. From then on I'd only experienced a few patches here and there. Then 3 years ago, I started losing a lot. Maybe 40% and lost one set of eyelashes. My derm decided that since I was no longer regrowing hair that it must be something else. I mentioned abdominal pain I'd been having and he suggested gluten. I decided to try going without it and I started to feel so much better and hair was coming. I took pictures of my large patches but haven't been brave enough to post them.

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