September – National Alopecia and Trichotillomania Awareness Month

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As an affiliate of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation as well as The TLC Foundation, we wanted to share some resources for anyone who struggles with alopecia areata or trichotillomania.

What is Alopecia Areata? 

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. In fact, it affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%.

People of all ages, both sexes and all ethnic groups can develop alopecia areata. It often first appears during childhood and can be different for everyone who has it.

For resources or more information on treatments, visit the NAAF’s website at www.naaf.org.

 

What is Trichotillomania? 

Trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-may-nee-uh) (TTM or “trich”), also known as Hair Pulling Disorder, is characterized by the repetitive pulling out of one’s hair. Trichotillomania is one of a group of behaviors known as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), self-grooming behaviors in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their hair, skin, or nails, resulting in damage to the body.

Research indicates that about 1 or 2 in 50 people experience trichotillomania in their lifetime. It usually begins in late childhood/early puberty. In childhood, it occurs about equally in boys and girls. By adulthood, 80-90% of reported cases are women. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. Without treatment, trichotillomania tends to be a chronic condition; that may come and go throughout a lifetime.

For resources or more information on treatments, visit the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior’s website at www.bfrb.org

 

If you or someone you know would like more information on either of these conditions, please call our office at 713-838-1880 to set up a free consultation. We also provide hair loss solutions to these conditions, and sometimes insurance coverage can apply.

 

 

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