Alopecia areata is a skin disease that affects more than 6.5 million people in the United States.

According to derm cast tv, the disease starts with small patches of balding. This may continue to become alopecia totalis, the complete loss of hair from the scalp, or alopecia universalis, loss of body hair.

Effects

Alopecia, which affects different people differently, is more than just a medical condition. It is also a cosmetic, social, and psychological condition.

Its victims often experience a wide range of emotions—anger, embarrassment, and hopelessness. Some blame themselves for this condition, which affects their normal family life.

Treatment

Health care professionals should view the disease beyond its medical boundaries. They should go that extra mile to tackle the emotional side effects of alopecia areata since they negatively impact their patient’s quality of life.

The disease affects the victim’s quality of life by interfering with the following:

Work environment

Most human beings place a premium on their appearance to their family, relatives, colleagues and even complete strangers.

Loss of hair due to alopecia areata can lead to low self-esteem with the victims feeling unimportant in the eyes of their co-workers.

Health professionals should encourage the patients to freely share with and, by extension, enlighten their colleagues about the disease.

This would be a more effective treatment of the disease than just administering drugs to the patients.

School

Children can be nasty to their friends if they appear different or funny. Such attacks on young alopecia victims could do untold damage. Such innocent patients should be specially counselled to help them overcome their schoolmates’ cruel jokes.

Relationships

Alopecia areata can destroy general friendships and romantic relationships. The patient and his/her friend(s) and/or fiancée will undergo social, emotional and psychological changes thereby affecting their relationship. A sense of guilt can creep in between them.

Parenthood

There is a one in five chance that an alopecia patient will give birth to a child with the disease, although some alopecia parents have given birth to over five children with none having the disease. It is, however, a lifelong nagging fear to an alopecia patient. An elaborate counselling programme, including group therapy or support group sessions, will enable them to ventilate about their sadness and sense of loss.

They will feel that they are not alone.

Vinci Hair Clinic would be handy in helping them through their hair restoration services.

 

 

 

Effects of alopecia are more than skin deep