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Alopecia Areata Steroid Treatments
Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
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
My five-year old has alopecia areata. Her hair is very thin in patches but not completely gone. She uses a steroid cream. Anything else I can do? Tks
21 yr old ving lichen planus pigmention 4m1 yr. Also, hd alopecia areata. I took steroids 4 dat bt now not taking. Not getting relief by ointmt. Wt 2 do?
Medication: Speak with your dentist asap. You may require another round of oral steroid therapy. ...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 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
Not specifically: Asthma and allergies are what are called atopic diseases which are hypersensitivity reactions in various parts of the body (asthma — lungs, allergies — mucosal membranes) due to various triggers like viruses, allergies, pollution, etc., whereas alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles for reasons that are not clear. ...Read more
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 supplement 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
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
ALOPECIA W/U: YES : Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted. You need full lab work up especially Thyroid studies b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid. Also, MASON-PEARSON brush spreads sebum and improves blood flow. & Rogaine (minoxidil) may help If there is no improvement you beed dermatology consult for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA. ...Read more
Is hair can be regrown using homeopathy medice. I have alopecia areata problem. How long it take a time.
Physician homeopath: To treat alopecia areata effectively, you first need an excellent homeopath to take your case. Your info shows you're from india, which has many well-trained homeopathic physicians. One of them will be better to ask about your particular case, and can answer based on your individual issues. Once an effective remedy is prescribed, several months is generally needed for hair to cover. ...Read more
Is alopecia areata characterized by bald patches or general thinning of eyebrows or scalp could also be a characteristic?
What do you advise if I suffer from a disease call alopecia areata, I have an interview can they make me take a hair drug test?
Local streroids: Local steroid injections are the main treatment. ...Read more
If you have celiac, is going gluten free good enough? Or should you go all grain free? And will GF diet help with alopecia areata?
Not specifically: You need to spend more time learning about the gluten free life. Many "old world" grains do not contain gluten and including them in your diet would not aggravate your condition. There are some potential items that can mimic the gluten effect and specific testing is available through specialty labs. Artificial colors, like red #40 can aggravate even those without gluten sensitivity. Read labels. ...Read more
Hi, just had my ob appointment and it was suggested that maybe my alopecia areata of last 5 years might be related to yeast how would I test or treat?
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 se. ...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 a 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
No evidence: Alopecia areata can heal without any treatment. It 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
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