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Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation / CANAAF

 

Bromance Canada is proud to partner with the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation. We are committed to donating $ 1 to the foundation per cap sold on our website.

It affects a lot more people than you might think. From young children to our elders. 

We want to show you that the difference is beautiful and that all together, we can support this foundation so that it comes to the aid of its men, women and children affected directly or indirectly by the disease. 

 

What is alopecia areata / alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease.

Alopecia areata is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease affecting hair follicles. This means that cells of the immune system, called T cells, mistakenly recognize hair follicle cells as foreign and attack them.

Alopecia areata causes inflammation of the hair follicles.

The autoimmune attack causes inflammation of the hair follicles, causing them to lose their hair and the ability to grow back until the response is suppressed.

Alopecia areata is unpredictable.

As with many autoimmune diseases, alopecia areata is unpredictable. There is no way to determine when the hair will fall out, how much will fall out, when it will grow back, and if the hair will last.

For many people, alopecia areata is cyclical.

For many people, alopecia areata is cyclical, which means they go through phases of hair growth and loss. Some people will grow back and keep their hair for many years before it falls out again, others will not grow hair back on their own (without treatment). Although more common in children than adults, some people will only experience one episode of alopecia areata before it grows back and falls back.

The hair follicle is able to grow back.

Alopecia areata is non-scarring alopecia, which means that the hair follicles are NOT destroyed and that they are able to regrow hair if the autoimmune response is suppressed.

There is a significant need for additional funding for research.

This unpredictability and lack of complete understanding highlights the need to fund biomedical research so that the inner workings of the disease can be discerned.

 

Types of alopecia areata

 

Alopecia areata can present in different ways.

Below are all the known types of alopecia areata:

Localized alopecia: one or more patches of hair loss on the scalp. Sometimes called patchy alopecia.

Beard alopecia: one or more patches of hair loss in the facial hair.

Ophiasis alopecia areata: hair loss on the sides and back of the scalp.

Sisaipho alopecia areata: hair loss on the top of the head.

Total alopecia: loss of all scalp hair.

Alopecia areata incognita: diffuse hair loss on the scalp - does not form full bald spots.

Universal alopecia: loss of all body hair, including the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair.

 

Here is Laurie 4 years old, our little Ambassador for the cause. 

 

Sources: https://www.canaaf.org/about-alopecia-areata/