12 things you need to know about Alopecia

7. Physical treatment isn’t necessary

Which sounds slightly odd, given how dramatic the affects of alopecia can feel. But Dr Batte explains that because hair loss isn’t life-threatening and has no harmful effects on the body, “often treatment isn’t necessary”.

8. But there are options available

“If there aren’t any signs of re-growth, you may want to talk to your GP about a referral to a dermatologist. They can then discuss what treatment is best, as creams or steroid injections might be available to you,” says Dr Batte, adding that “there are no guarantees that these treatments will be effective, and it will take at least three months to see if it’s going to work, so some women opt instead to explore a hair transplant.”

For those with female pattern hair loss, the Dr advises that “you can buy Minoxidil – a cream or foam that you rub on the scalp twice daily – over the counter if you’re over 18. It takes at least 6 months to see an effect if it’s going to work, but unfortunately there is no guarantee it will,” she clarifies, adding: “Stopping the treatment can cause your hair loss to worsen, so it’s best to speak to your GP or pharmacist before buying this treatment, to help you find out as much as you can about it beforehand.”

9. There’s plenty of psychological help on offer

“Your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” Dr Batte reminds us, before flagging that “it’s important for you and your doctor to understand how losing your hair might be affecting you psychologically. Your GP can help you get in touch with the support that’s right for you.”

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