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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

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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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About alopecia areata. Should I get steroid injections on scalp patches?

About alopecia areata. Should I get steroid injections on scalp patches?

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

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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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Are there any success stories for alopecia areata treatments?

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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Are there any new treatments for alopecia areata or alopecia universalis-eyebrow?

Are there any new treatments for alopecia areata or alopecia universalis-eyebrow?

Possibly: Hypothyroidism can cause eyebrow loss, so get a physical and labwork. And inflammatory conditions can cause hair loss, so those need to be ruled out. I don't think steroid creams would help. ...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?

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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What is the definition or description of: alopecia areata?

What is the definition or description of: alopecia areata?

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

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What amount effective jaborandi essentials for alopecia areata?

What amount effective jaborandi essentials for 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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Does acupuncture help in alopecia areata?

Does acupuncture help 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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Does alopecia areata have anything to do with asthma or allergies?

Does alopecia areata have anything to do with asthma or allergies?

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

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Could prolonged isotretinoin treatment induce alopecia areata or TE?

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

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I have Alopecia Areata will it make my hair fall out more if I dye it?

I have Alopecia Areata will it make my hair fall out more if I dye it?

Alopecia areata: I have Alopecia Areata will it make my hair fall out more if I dye it? ANS: prob not but read dye label. If it falls out don't use it again. ...Read more

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Does telogen effluvium and mild alopecia areata affect the hairline permanently?

Does telogen effluvium and mild alopecia areata affect the hairline permanently?

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

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Can alopecia areata cause severe diffuse hair fall? My biopsy says I hv no telegon effluivm.

Can alopecia areata cause severe diffuse hair fall? My biopsy says I hv no telegon effluivm.

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

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Is hair can be regrown using homeopathy medice. I have alopecia areata problem. How long it take a time.

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

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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?

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

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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 se. ...Read more

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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 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

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. Can I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

. Can I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

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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