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Alopecia Areata Steroid Treatments
7-year-old with alopecia areata. Topical steroids worsening bald patches. Pediatric or regular dermatologist for steroid injections?
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
No: No they should not. Local steroid injection or certain types of steroid creams may actually help. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accutane Alopecia: Accutane use may cause hair loss and alopecia, according to Drugs.com.Patients taking Accutane should not take supplements containing vitamin A, according to Drugs.com. Accutane is a form of vitamin A and taking vitamin A supplements at the same time with Accutane can cause vitamin A toxicity which can cause hairloss.Accutane may also cause permanent hair loss, according to Drugs.com. Accutane damages hair shafts and follicles. ...Read more
Yes, probably.: Intralesional steroid injections are pretty much the only thing that is effective for alopecia areata, because the steroid has to get down to the level of the hair roots to have a beneficial effect, and topical steroids don't get down there. Given enough time the hair will usually grow back by itself, eventually, but it will take a long time; steroid injections speed things up considerably. ...Read more
Telogen effluvium: Because acute telogen effluvium is a reactive process, which resolves spontaneously, treatment usually is limited to reassurance. Any reversible cause of hair shedding, such as poor diet, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, or medication use, should be corrected.Alopecia areata can be controlled with intralesional scalp cortisone injections. Your thyroid also needs to be checked. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SEVERELY thinning hair,no genetic history,bloodwrk good,thyroid&vitD meds wrkng.2%womens rogaine (minoxidil) causedBADdandruff.Is foam bettr?Humiliated!Options??
You might want to: talk with your physician about using the 5% (male) formulation. Take care. ...Read more
Alopecia totalis: Intralesional or topical corticosteroids are the initial treatment for most patients with patchy alopecia areata. Topical immunotherapy can be used as first-line treatment for patients with extensive disease in which greater than 50% of scalp hair is lost. Some second line therapies include minoxidil, anthralin, and photochemotherapy. Systemic therapy is usually reserved for refractory cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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