How Will Alopecia Hair Loss Affect My Life?
This is a common question,
particularly for children, teens, and young adults who are
beginning to form lifelong goals and who may live with the
effects of alopecia areata for many years. The comforting
news is that alopecia areata is not a painful disease and
does not make people feel sick physically. It is not
contagious, and people who have the disease are generally
healthy otherwise. It does not reduce life expectancy and it
should not interfere with the ability to achieve such life
goals as going to school, working, marrying, raising a
family, playing sports, and exercising.
The emotional aspects of living with
hair loss, however, can be challenging. Many people cope by
learning as much as they can about the disease; speaking
with others who are facing the same problem; and, if
necessary, seeking counselling to help build a positive
self-image. To address quality-of-life issues for alopecia
areata and all other skin diseases, consult your local
doctor for information about support groups.
Source: Adapted from National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Part 1: What is alopecia areata?
Part 2: Is alopecia heredity?
Part 3: Is my hair loss a serious disease?
Part 4: Treatments for alopecia
Part 5: Will my hair grow back?
Part 6: How can I cope with alopecia?
Part 7: What can I expect later in life?