US Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who in 2018 grew to be the first African American girl to characterize Massachusetts in the House of Representatives, currently made public that she has been diagnosed with alopecia areata. Pressley, who attended Boston University’s College of General Studies in the early 1990s, shared the news in a transferring video on The Root, opening up about the reality that after first noticing that her hair was once starting to fall out this previous autumn, she has now lost all her hair.
“I do believe going public will help,” Pressley says in the video, the place she publicly confirmed her bald head for the first time. “Because I’m not right here just to occupy space—I’m here to create it… I hope this begins a conversation about the personal struggles we navigate, and I hope that it creates recognition about how many people are impacted by alopecia. To all those sharing their non-public memories in response, I see you.”
Alopecia areata is a disorder that ambitions the hair shaft, says Lynne Goldberg, director of the Hair Clinic at Boston Medical Center. It normally first appears in young adulthood, although human beings of all a while can be affected. Goldberg, the Jag Bhawan Professor of Dermatology, and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, talked with The Brink about alopecia and how she hopes Pressley’s disclosure about having the disorder will raise consciousness and funding for extra lookup on its causes.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that has both a genetic predisposition and environmental triggers. Different patients have different triggers, and stress can definitely play a role. Sometimes no trigger is identified.
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