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Climber Reaches Summit for Alopecia

American Alex Whitley Has Climbed Mount Elbrus to Raise Awareness of Hair Loss Condition Alopecia AreataBack in July we told you about a young climber from Indiana, called Alex Whitley, who was attempting to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia. Whitley’s girlfriend suffers from alopecia areata, the autoimmune disease that leads to hair loss and he was doing the climb as part of a campaign to raise money for two alopecia organisations: Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Whitley has successfully met the challenge and Ascent for Alopecia has now been launched as an ongoing BGDL fundraiser and the money Whitley has raised so far ($500) is going to the BGDL Indiania program.

BGDL is a not-for-profit organisation, based in the USA that raises awareness of alopecia areata and offers support for sufferers.

Alopecia areata is charaterised by the sudden patchy loss of hair. In 70% of cases the hair will either grow back or can be treated with proven treatments such as minoxidil and propecia.

Alopecia areata affects about one person in every 100, mostly teenagers and young adults, and runs in the family in 20% of cases. One in five people with alopecia areata may go on to develop a more severe form of hair loss – alopecia totalis (no scalp hair) or alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the scalp and body). As an autoimmune disease, alopecia areata has been linked to a number of triggers such as local skin injury, viral or bacterial infection, allergies, chemicals and stress. Stress, however, is often a side effect suffered by those with the condition which can make hair fall out at an increased rate.

Alopecia areata does not always require treatment because in up to 70% of cases, hair will grow back on its own within a year. The first step is to consult a doctor and a hair loss specialist in order to get to the bottom of the condition and find out which method of treatment is right for you. If you’d like to arrange a free appointment with a hair loss specialist, call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. If you can’t make it to the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form for expert knowledge and impartial advice on your hair loss situation.

More Information:
Alopecia Areata Treatment
Hair Loss Success Alopecia Areata: “My hair is growing back… much heavier and much thicker”
Hair Loss Success Alopecia Areata: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results”
Hair Loss Success Alopecia Areata: “The regrowth is progressing…Fantastic!”

Interesting Articles:
Fundraising for Alopecia: Climbing Mount Elbrus
Alopecia Awareness Month & National (UK) Bad Hair Day
Gail Porter’s Hair is Growing Back


22nd September, 2009 at 12:12 pm

ben woods

What a heart warming story. I have alopecia areata myself and seeing such a loving couple is really uplifting! Alex is a top bloke, and his girlfriend is beautiful. I wish them both the very best.

10th March, 2013 at 11:20 am


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