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Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

I would not advise: Kenalog (triamcinolone) is a Category C agent. Animal studies show adverse fetal harm but no controlled human studies have been done. The OB will be the one to make that call. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia Areata (Definition)

A disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. You rarely lose all your hair, but this disease can prevent ...Read more


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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?

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

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How to cure alopecia areata?

How to cure alopecia areata?

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

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Can alopecia areata be cured?

Can alopecia areata be cured?

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

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What sort of problem is alopecia areata?

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

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How to treat alopecia areata?

How to treat alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata: 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

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How to prevent alopecia areata from spreading?

Thanks for asking!: Alopecia areata does not spread as in other diseases. It is an autoimmune disease whereby your hair follicles are being attacked by your immune system. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alopecia areata ophiasis be reversed?

Is it possible that alopecia areata ophiasis be reversed?

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

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Does acupuncture helps in alopecia areata?

Does acupuncture helps in alopecia areata?

May: It may help but results are unpredictable and variable. If the hair loss is too extensive or resistant to traditional medical treatment, acupuncture may help. Ask acupuncturist how many e/she has treted and achieved positive response. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for alopecia areata?

What are some treatments for alopecia areata?

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

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Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Who usually gets get spot baldness (alopecia areata)?

Autoimmune: The risk of alopecia areata is increased among individuals who have or have relatives with the disease or other autoimmune linked conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or some thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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Can alopecia areata cause your eyelashes to fall out?

Can alopecia areata cause your eyelashes to fall out?

Alopecia: Generally no. Alopecia generally occurs in the scalp. It is rare to involve the eyelashes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is alopecia areata: ophiasis?

Not contagious: alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder than affects hair follicles, causing hair loss. It is not contagious (you can't give it to someone else), but it can progress in anyone who has it. You should see a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

Yes, Many: Injections, topical therapies, steroids and oral therapies can all help, sometimes permanently. Get to a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between allergies and alopecia areata?

What is the correlation between allergies and alopecia areata?

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

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What is best medication for alopecia areata to regrow hair quickly? I have patches of lost hair,

What is best medication for alopecia areata to regrow hair quickly? I have patches of lost hair,

There: There are a few topical therapies, but I typically recommend intralesional kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the area which seem to work the best. Read more about alopecia areata and other treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?

I have alopecia areata, an auto immune disease, does this mean its harder for me to get well from sickness?

AA and sickness: No. Even though it technically is an autoimmune disease, it usually does not open you up to other health issues. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

No.: I've been prescribing Accutane for over 30 years, and I've never seen nor heard of alopecia areata as a side effect. This is coincidence. No one knows what causes aa, of course, but there is no logical reason to assume that Accutane can be blamed. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for alopecia areata?

Dermatologist: Treatment varies by extent of disease form topical medications- and injections to laser or systemic drugs such as simvistatin. ...Read more

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What is alopecia areata?

What is alopecia areata?

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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What can I do for alopecia areata?

What can I do for alopecia areata?

See a dermatologist: A dermatologist can suggest the best treatments for alopecia areata. A steroid cream such as triamcinolone is one option. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have alopecia areata?

Roundtotallybaldarea: An onset of Alop areata is a cirdula often bald aree, often seen in an automimmune entity like Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto, s thyroiditis. ...Read more

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What should I do about my alopecia areata?

Treatments: No treatment may be needed. It can come and go. But, there are topical steroids and injections that can, sometimes, stimulate hair regrowth. Topical immunotherapy, puva, and minoxidil, may be used. Talk to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why would alopecia areata occur in an older lady of 43?

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 more

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