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Coping Strategies for Alopecia Areata

Living With Alopecia Areata: Minimizing Effects on Appearance

Another way to cope with alopecia areata is to minimize its effects on your appearance. If you have total hair loss, a wig or hairpiece can look natural and stylish. For small patches of hair loss, a hair-colored powder, cream, or crayon applied to the scalp can make hair loss less obvious by eliminating the contrast between the hair and the scalp. Skilled use of an eyebrow pencil can mask missing eyebrows.
 
Children with alopecia areata may prefer to wear bandanas or caps. There are many styles available to suit a child's interest and mood, and some even have ponytails attached.
 
For women, attractive scarves can hide patchy hair loss; jewelry and clothing can distract attention from patchy hair; and proper makeup can camouflage the effects of lost facial hair. If you would like to learn more about camouflaging the cosmetic aspects of alopecia areata, your doctor or members of your local support group can recommend a cosmetologist who specializes in working with people whose appearances are affected by medical conditions.
 

Living With Alopecia Areata: Protection

In addition to treatments to help hair grow, there are measures that can be taken to minimize the physical dangers or discomforts of hair loss, such as:
 
  • Sunscreens to protect the scalp, face, and all exposed areas
     
  • Eyeglasses (or sunglasses) to protect the eyes from excessive sun, and from dust and debris, when eyebrows or eyelashes are missing
     
  • Wigs, caps, or scarves to protect the scalp from the sun and keep the head warm
     
  • Antibiotic ointment applied inside the nostrils to help protect against organisms invading the nose when nostril hair is missing.
     

Understanding Alopecia Areata

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