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Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
I have alopecia areata & am on a presc. Shampoo & cream to see if it will help. I have 1 half dollar size patch and was curious if I can dye my hair?
Scalp issues: Seeing how you have an area with no hair I would recommend hair dye at this time wait till it clears up and there hair has grown back completely ...Read more
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 more
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
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 more
Tough call! It is difficult for many doctors to do but you should seek one out from your Primary doctor.
There are treatments but not too many are excellent. Keep looking up possible doctors for you. ...Read more
Poor prognosis: The snake-like band-like AAO mostly in temporal or occipital regions, and more difficult to treat. Prognosis is poor and may spread. Reversal is difficult if any in most patients. ...Read more
Size matters: The size of hair loss patches can determine treatment. Small patches are often treated with injections of cortisone into the skin of the affected area. Widespread hair loss or very large or numerous patches may be treated with internal cortisone (steroids) either by mouth or given as a shot in the muscle. Sometimes chemicals are used on the surface to cause an allergic reaction and inflammation. ...Read more
Alopecia: Generally no. Alopecia generally occurs in the scalp. It is rare to involve the eyelashes. ...Read more
Autoimmune response: It is an autoimmune response against the hair that stops to from growing. Similar but not identical changes can occur in the skin, lungs, eye. There is no specific allergen in alopecia aerate. ...Read more
No, but: It isn't common but certain auto-immune diseases could cause both problems. ...Read more
Yes: Do everything you usually do.Get a more detailed answer ›
What to do if I suffer from alopecia areata, an auto immune condition. Do I qualify for a license?
Yes: I license to do what? If you are taking about a motor vehicle license, the answer is "yes.". ...Read more
I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?
Can alopecia areata become female pattern baldness? I had smooth bald patch then it grew in 2 weeks. Now crown and sides are badly thinning
I recently developed alopecia areata. While doing some bloodwork it was noticed my ferritin level were low. How can I fix both these issues? Related?
Unrelated: Alopecia areata is famously untreatable. I have a male physician friend who loves it; he's a fitness buff and likes the clean, smooth body it's given him. Different people adjust in different ways, but looking and feeling good is much more about self-care than hair. Low serum ferritin requires an explanation before you go on iron supplements -- GI bleeding must be ruled out. Best wishes. ...Read more
Accutane first month of taking 40 mg Accutane (2nd course 11 years apart). In the 3rd week I noticed alopecia areata barbea - is there cause and effect - never had areata before? I'm worried.
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
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