Dr. Gary Linkov who has alopecia is not convinced that Jada has alopecia areata

Does Jada have alopecia areata? This doctor with alopecia is not convinced that she indeed has alopecia areata. What kind type of hair loss might Jada have? Check out this video to see what he thinks is her hair situation.

Does it matter? What do you think?

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Comment by jyg on January 17, 2023 at 2:11pm

No, she doesn't. Never did.

Comment by dreamscometrue on January 17, 2023 at 2:15pm

I agree, I don't think so either. I think she may have stress induced hair loss but not alopecia areata

Comment by KKG on January 17, 2023 at 3:18pm
Jada does NOT have alopecia areata. She has traction alopecia, which is hair loss from tight hairstyles over a prolonged period of time. It is not an autoimmune disease like AA .
Does it matter? I think it matters to differentiate, because it is a BIG difference in these 2 types of hair loss. Most people do want to be educated and informed. For those who don't, that's their perogative.
Even though there are misconceptions regarding alopecia, I'm grateful to Jada for raising awareness on the condition, so that conversations like this are happening!
Comment by SabineTawni on January 17, 2023 at 4:27pm

KKG, I am inclined to agree with you that Jada does not have Alopecia Areata.  I don't mean to be unkind, but sometimes celebrities have a tendency to overdramatize and/or try to jump on the bandwagon when some new disorder (which was previously undiscussed) becomes more public.  Does it matter?  In my opinion, A RESOUNDING YES!!  It does matter as when people hear the word "alopecia" they often try to characterize it as a normal condition associated with aging, hormones, genetics, etc.  Alopecia AREATA is none of those things.  It is a true, valid, certified autoimmune disease found in people of all ages.  Those of us with alopecia areata (in my own case, universalis) have a difficult enough time with society dismissing our disease as normal.  It is NOT normal, and please do not give insurance companies another excuse to deny treatment so that they can make a profit.  If a celebrity's career is floundering or stalled, I do not think it is fair to use a disease (which they do not have) to get attention and/or to jump start their career.  There is nothing glamorous at alopecia areata or any other autoimmune disease.

Comment by Kenya on January 17, 2023 at 5:44pm

I'm thinking Jada could have what I was diagnosed with which is CCCA - Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia. I was told its more common with black women and its also a scarring alopecia. I have a scar similar to Jada, not as long. In my opinion, hair loss hits the same no matter the medical term!

Comment by SabineTawni on January 17, 2023 at 10:20pm

I agree, Kenya, and I am not trying to be disrespectful towards you or anyone else with hair loss, regardless of the reason.  I just get really tired of insurance companies and society in general refusing to accept alopecia areata as a REAL disease.  If they were not so ignorant, they would know that alopecia areata has been listed dermatology journals and other medical journals for many decades as a disease.  There are drugs galore for psoriasis, eczema, etc., but we are told, "It's only hair."  Can you imagine walking up to someone with psoriasis or eczema and saying, "It's only skin"?


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