Glossary On Coping with Alopecia

Living life normally…

In the present-day culture which views hair as a sign of youth and good health, it can be hard to cope with alopecia areata. The characteristic look of the scalp in alopecia can lead to significant appearance changes and this can certainly be the cause of psychological stress. Thus, patients with this condition frequently fall prey to social phobia, anxiety, and depression.

The key to coping is to understand your worth as a person not giving significance to how much hair you have or don't have.

One of the things that puts the patients to ease is talking with other people who are dealing with the same kind problems. This can be done by joining support groups, forums, etc wherein patients can interact amongst themselves. It helps to remember that they are not the lone sufferers of this ailment.

Seeking Counseling by a qualified professional can also help the patients to develop a more positive self-image.

Alopecia areata can lead to significant insecurity and a tendency to withdraw. Yet, it should not be allowed to interfere with the ability to live a normal life and pursue the goals of one’s life!

In addition, our nutritionist from London at Dr. Batra's recommends certain dietary changes based on her experience of helping a large number of patients of alopecia.

Here are some of the important dietary tips for patients:

  • Increase your intake of proteins (soya, oily fish, eggs, chicken), beans and legumes
  • Include all whole grains in your diet
  • Fruits, raw unprocessed nuts should be consumed in good quantities
  • Consumption of pumpkin and flax seeds has been seen to be helpful in many cases
  • Have lot of dark green vegetables such as spinach, fenugreek, etc.
  • Broccoli, cabbages are also good for you
  • Drink 2.5-3 liters of water daily
  • Take 3 cups of green tea a day
  • Cut back on tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Quit smoking

In addition, our specially formulated Dr. Batra's shampoos have the right pH of 6.5 recommended by the New Zealand Dermatology Society. Derived from natural products, these are very gentle on the scalp and yet very effective in treating hair disorders, if any. For healthy hair in general, we suggest regular use of Dr. Batra's Shampoo (based on your hair type) and Dr. Batra's Conditioner.

Alopecia Areata