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Coping With Alopecia Areata and Areas of Current Research

Coping With Alopecia Areata

Living with alopecia areata can be hard. Coping mechanisms include:
 
  • Learning as much as you can about the disease
  • Talking with others who are dealing with alopecia areata
  • Learning to value yourself for who you are, not for how much hair you have or don't have
  • Talking with a counselor, if necessary, to help build a positive self-image.
     
Tips on how to reduce the physical dangers or discomforts of hair loss include:
 
  • Using sunscreens for the scalp, face, and all exposed skin
  • Wearing eyeglasses (or sunglasses) to protect eyes from sun, dust, and debris, when eyebrows or eyelashes are missing
  • Wearing wigs, caps, or scarves to protect the scalp from the sun and to keep the head warm
  • Applying antibiotic ointment inside the nostrils to help keep germs out of the nose when nostril hair is missing.
     
Tips on how to reduce the effects of alopecia areata on your looks include:
 
  • Wearing a wig, hairpiece, scarf, or cap
  • Using a hair-colored powder, cream, or crayon applied to the scalp to make hair loss less obvious
  • Using an eyebrow pencil to mask missing eyebrows.
     

Research on Alopecia Areata

Researchers are seeking a better understanding of the disease by studying:
 
  • Genes
  • Hair follicle development
  • The immune system
  • Drugs and treatments for other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Better ways to get drugs directly to the hair follicles
  • Stem cells in the skin.
     
(Click Alopecia Areata Research for more information.)
 

Understanding Alopecia Areata

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