Scottish schoolgirl’s hair loss thought to be scalp infection was actually alopecia
A Scottish schoolgirl who started to lose her hair earlier than beginning faculty has taken it in her stride after getting a wig from a charity.
Freya Stevens, eight, from Penicuik, Midlothian was diagnosed with a hair loss situation three years in the past that her mum initially thought was a scalp an infection.
The teenager’s mum Nikki Stephens started to note wisps of her little lady’s hair falling out and bald patches three years in the past – however had no thought what was the reason for it.
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The schoolgirl went by means of all kinds of checks to search out out what was the reason for the hair loss together with having pores and skin from her scalp despatched to labs to check for an an infection and a number of other blood checks.
Finally Freya was identified with the autoimmune situation Alopecia Areata, the dysfunction is the most typical sort of hair loss and may have an effect on these at any age.
It often causes small, coin-sized, spherical patches of baldness on the scalp, though hair elsewhere could be affected too.
After getting a wig by means of the Little Princess Belief, Freya’s dad Gav, 40, is taking over an 140-mile cycle with friends to provide again to the charity in June this yr.
His spouse stated the dad of two is panicking barely now forward of the massive cycle however will do something for his little lady.
In simply 24 hours the page has raised £1450 sufficient to supply wigs for 3 youngsters with comparable circumstances and there’s nonetheless eight weeks to go.
Talking to Edinburgh Reside Vikki stated: “In October it would 4 years because it first occurred.
“I seen thinning areas on her head and patches that may final for months then it could begin to develop again in January.
“By summer season it could have absolutely grown again and was completely nice. On the first I assumed it may be a scalp an infection so we had a pattern despatched away and checked.
“She had her bloods verify too however they had been clear and finally she was identified with alopecia.
“They do not know if it would hold falling out then come again once more. It is an autoimmune situation so there isn’t any treatment or something you are able to do.
“As a mum or dad that is the worst half you simply have to go away it there’s nothing I can do to make it higher.”
Nikki used particular tips to hide Freya’s situation however after shedding most of her hair final yr it was now not a risk.
She defined: “I used to make use of a root contact up spray and I would fashion it in a method that nobody would discover.
“However after this Winter it turned too exhausting to cover and she or he misplaced most of her hair.”
“In November we contacted the Little Princess Belief to debate probably getting a wig to assist Freya.
“Immediately this charity couldn’t have been extra useful. From begin to end, she had her pure actual hair wig inside 6 weeks.
Coping with the situation by means of her first couple of years of major faculty Freya has turn into conscious of her situation and resilient when adapting to the adjustments out of her management.
The courageous teenager even stood as much as give a chat in regards to the uncommon situation in entrance of her friends simply weeks after beginning a brand new faculty.
Nikki continued: “She is sort of conscious of it and has tailored nicely.
“Freya modified faculty just lately as a result of we moved to a unique space of Penicuik.
“She had completed a chat at her old fashioned in entrance of her class in regards to the situation which was actually courageous.
“However simply six weeks after transferring to her new faculty she stood in entrance of her new friends and did a speak about it.
“She has taken it fully in her stride.
“On her personal she is going to nonetheless get upset at occasions, however we converse overtly about it as a household and she or he is aware of its purely beauty – she is okay and does not must spend time in hospital.”
The entire household is so happy with little Freya.
Her mum gushed: “She’s so assured and energetic, she loves going to bop courses and doing gymnastics.”
“We don’t know what the long run will maintain for Freya’s alopecia journey, because it’s one thing with little or no analysis.”
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On the fundraising page the mum-of-two wrote: “For 3 years now I’ve learn article after article on all facets of alopecia, I’ve purchased merchandise to attempt to assist, and we see a specialist.
“Regardless of the end result could also be for Freya although, we all know that preserving her spirits up and preserving that tremendous confidence she has alive, will solely make her a stronger individual.
“Any donations in the direction of Gav’s cycle can be massively appreciated. It prices roughly £500 per wig for the little princess belief to make.
“In addition they depend on folks donating hair, and with Covid, hair donations have been down within the final couple of years.”
Every wig made by the Little Princess Belief prices £500, thus far the Stephens have raised sufficient for 3 youngsters to get a life altering wig.
You may donate to the fundraising web page here.