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Gwen Beverly, Medical Hair Loss Specialist
Educating Yourself When Hair Loss Occurs
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Educating Yourself When Hair Loss Occurs

The most powerful tool to guide you through your journey in life is knowledge. Learning as much as you can about yourself, your health and your environment can make you empowered to overcome just about anything. It's fair to say, the more you know, the better off you are at making informed decisions.

For those facing difficult medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation, there are many challenging side effects.

Unlike some hair loss cases, medical hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiation is typically temporary. Bear in mind that hair loss is not limited to just the head. Hair loss may also occur underarms, on legs, facial hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.

Fortunately, there are many alternatives during treatment to take advantage of. A certified medical hair loss specialist, make-up consultant and/or support group can assist with hair prostheses, wigs, hair extensions, temporary eyebrows, eyelashes and color consulting for make-up.

During radiation and chemotherapy treatments it is important to know that your skin may undergo significant changes. Such changes may be red, irritated skin that may look sunburned. It can become dry, scaly, patchy and even itchy. Sometimes skin may have difficulty drying and may remain moist in skin fold areas possibly causing infection. Regardless of the outcome of any changes in the skin, it may be beneficial to invest in a good skin care product.

It is important to use sunscreen, especially since the sun can intensify the effects of some medical treatments. It is also important to keep skin that may be receiving radiation therapy covered with proper clothing since the skin may already be experiencing drastic changes.

If hair loss has occurred, covering the head is vital. Some ways to achieve a fashionable lightweight look is to choose a breathable cotton scarf or turban. A stylish hat will provide protection from the sun and may add the right touch of elegance as well.

In today's world, it seems there is more information than any one person needs. However, less and less time is spent on educating ourselves on ways to stay healthy or what to expect when we become unhealthy. There are many resources within our reach to help provide us with the clarity, confidence and comfort we owe ourselves.

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