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Alopecia Areata Barbae
Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
Is there a difference between alopecia areata barbae vs. beards that were just always patchy to begin with?
I've suffered from alopecia areata barbae for about 2 years. What is the most effective treatment?
Kenalog (triamcinolone) injections: Topical steroids are less effective on the beard than on the scalp. Dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) injections can help as well as topical 5 per cent romaine foam. The combination may work on a resistant case of 2 years: duration. Also simvistatin a cholesterol lowering drug can work in alopecia aerate by decreasing inflammation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ALOPECIA TX: Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted . You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid.. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA.. With supplements start at a Lo dose and work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I find : that intralesional injections help hair grow back faster, I also offer Laser hair growth, and supplements. Other medications are on the horizon for the more aggressive forms of AA (alopecia totalis or universalis). Most of the time AA is self limiting, to date there is no "cure" per say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually treated: Most with aopecoa aerate will respond to treatment. Depending on severity limited alopecia aerate will relsove but may occur later. Extensive alopecia aerate is more difficult to treat, oral simvistatin works well for many who used it. ...Read more
Hard to say: The answer depends upon how much of your scalp was involved and if your eyelashes and eyebrows are involved also. There are treatments for this problem including the injection of cortisone into the scalpor the use of creams or lotions to irritate the scalp and cause hair growth. ...Read more
Autoimmune hair loss: It is smooth skin in an circular pattern where the hair is suppressed below the skin surface, if occurs in the head or beard area. It can become more extensive where all or most of the hair is missing alopecia totals and whole body alopecia universals. Localized lesions are treated with dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) injections. More extensive areas can be treated with oral simvistatin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No evidence: Alopecia areata can heal without any treatment. It is is caused by a killer immune cell (either natural killer or t cell) attack on the hair follicle. One of the genes that increases risk of attack is expressed abnormally in the hair follicle cells and causes homing of the natural killers to the hair follicle to initiate attack. Dietary factors could be involved in turning this gene on. ...Read more
Autoimmune: It is believed that alopecia areata or focal loss of hair is generated through an autoimmune mechanism and affects individuals with other possible autoimmune diseases including asthma or thyroid disorders. Please visit aad.org or naaf.org for more detailed information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bald spots: Alopecia areata is a patchy loss of hair that can occur in any hair bearing area of the body, but is most notable when it affects the scalp, eyebrows or beard. It results from our own immune cells attacking cells in our hair follicles. Its not clear why it occurs. It may resolve on its own. It may also be treated with topical, injected, or oral medications depending on the circumstances. ...Read more
ALOPECIA TX: Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted . You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid.. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA.. With supplements start at a Lo dose and work up. ...Read more
Alopecia: First see your Primary doctor and most likely you will be referred to a Dermatologist. ...Read more