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Alopecia: What it is and the Effects it Has

12:58:00 AM Rajesh singh 0 Comments



Alopecia is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, and yet it is also a relatively rare condition when compared to others within its category. It can affect men and women alike (although more men tend to suffer from it), as well as children and adults of all ages. There are times when it goes away permanently or into remission, but most of the time it sticks with you for life. So, what exactly is alopecia and how can it affect you?

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is classed as an autoimmune disease, which is where the immune system begins to attack parts of the body. More specifically, alopecia is also a chronic inflammatory disease, and it works through the immune system determining that the hair follicles on your body are a foreign object that needs to be destroyed. As a result, your hair falls out.

It is a painless condition, which many are thankful for, but it is not uncommon for sufferers to experience skin irritation around the bald areas or soreness as a result. Those who lose their eyelashes and eyebrows may also experience irritated eyes because there is no way to stop any debris from getting into them.

There are varying severities, and as we mentioned before it can affect people of all genders and ages. To give you a better idea, here are the three main forms of alopecia ranking from mildest to severest:
-          Alopecia Areata. General patchiness, partial hair loss on head.
-          Alopecia Totalis. Complete hair loss on head.

-          Alopecia Universalis. Complete hair loss across body (including eyebrows)

How Can it Affect You?

Alopecia affects people in a whole range of ways, and it can be hard to tell how a person will react to the news and the actual condition. There are some that are able to bounce back quickly and accept their condition, and others that are not able to be quite so positive. No matter how you react, there is no right or wrong way because we are all different.

It is not uncommon for those with alopecia to develop mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Hair loss means that you often lose a lot of confidence and become afraid of being judged, making it hard to leave the house when you need to as well as function properly each day. This is why it is important to learn how to deal with the emotional effects.

Dealing with the Emotional Effects

It’s going to take time to come to terms with things, and there is no quick fix solution for the issue. It is important that you dedicate yourself to creating a better self-image, to trying to accept the condition for what it is, and there is nothing wrong with wearing a wig if it makes you feel more comfortable when you go out.

While a lot of it is based around your own dedication to coming to terms with things, you should also seek the advice of a therapist that can guide you through your emotions and teach you healthier ways to deal with them. It also allows you a good outlet when you are feeling angry and frustrated, as well as someone to talk to when you need it.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this article has taught you more about what alopecia is and the ways in which it can impact those that suffer from it. It’s not the kindest condition in the world, and it can leave you feeling pretty awful about yourself, but over time you are sure to regain your confidence and spirit back. It is a condition we should talk about more, and if you would like to read further on the subject, we have an excellent and detailed guide for you to take a look at.

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