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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 (NIAMS)

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?

Further information:  www.alopecia-sydney.com

 

 
 
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