How to Alopecia – Winter Edition

Snow in QLD, storms in WA, and rain, rain, rain in Victoria – Who else is feeling the cold this winter?!

Did you know that people with alopecia may have more trouble keeping warm when the cold weather hits? That’s because body hair plays a huge part in how our bodies regulate temperature. AAAF has just released a new infographic exploring why.

(Click here to view the infographic in full size)

Thermoregulation and alopecia areata small

 

So what can people with Alopecia Areata (or our loving families) do to help get through the winter?

  • Wrap up in warm clothing
    Beanies, gloves, socks and extra layers can all help prevent heat loss and keep you warm. Beanies which sit low on the neck and cover the ears can help keep beautiful, baldie heads warm.
  • Drink enough water
    We all know we should drink water in summer or when sweating at a gym, but did you know that colder temperatures can also dehydrate us? When the air is cold, it carries less moisture, so our skin, lips and eyes can all become dry.
  • Use lubricating eye-drops
    As the air cools and loses moisture, so can our eyes. If you don’t have eyelashes, you will also have less protection from dust and grit in your eyes. If you find your eyes feeling sore or tired, try out some lubricating eye drops and see if this helps. Many optometrists will recommend single-use, preservative-free droppers for long term use.
  • Wear your sunglasses
    Sunglasses are for summer, right? Nope, winter glare can be just as bad and just as damaging for our eyes. As a bonus, your glasses can provide a little extra protection to make up for any missing lashes.
  • Protect your skin
    While we’re at it, don’t forget the sunscreen! While you are slightly less likely to get burnt in winter due to reduced UVB rays, but UVA rays are still around. UVA rays can cause irreparable skin damage, so if you’re spending time outside, don’t forget the SPF. If you’re worried about vitamin D, add some extra mushrooms to your diet and ask your doctor to check your vitamin levels.

 

 

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