Psychosocial impact of cicatricial alopecias

    January 2011 in “Indian Journal of Dermatology
    Pratibha Pradhan, Mariette D’Souza, Bhawana Ashok Bade, Devinder Mohan Thappa, Laxmisha Chandrashekar
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    TLDR Most patients with cicatricial alopecias face significant psychological and social challenges due to their hair loss.
    The 2011 study "Psychosocial impact of cicatricial alopecias" examined the psychological and social effects of cicatricial alopecias, a group of hair loss disorders, on 30 patients. The study found that 73.9% of these patients experienced moderate to severe psychosocial impact due to their hair loss. Younger patients and those with inactive disease suffered more from the psychosocial impact. The duration of the disease did not lessen the psychosocial impact, and both married and unmarried patients were equally affected. The authors concluded that the management of cicatricial alopecias should be holistic, addressing not only the physical symptoms but also the psychosocial impact of the disease.
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