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I suffer from alopecia totalis. Recently, there have been many reports of successful treatment with JAK inhibitors. What are the risks?

I suffer from alopecia totalis. Recently, there have been many reports of successful treatment with JAK inhibitors.   What are the risks?

Serious risks: There are serious FDA warnings due to the concerns for the development of serious life threatening infections with Janus kinase inhibitors(20% of patients will develop some sort of infection not necessarily serious). There are reported increases in malignancies too. The JAK inhibitors benefit in alopecia have been noted in case reports and very small(3 patient) studies and mouse models. ...Read more

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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


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How to treat alopecia totalis?

How to treat alopecia totalis?

Alopecia: There are several causes of alopecia. I would strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for alopecia totalis?

Alopecia totalis: This depends on how long the condition has been present. In the early stage of this extreme hair loss on the scalp, there are certain topical medications that have been used as well as injections of a steroid over a period of weeks or months. A dermatologist will be able to discuss many or all of the various remedies that are now being used. No over-the-counter treatments will help. Best luck! ...Read more

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Can my hair grow back from alopecia totalis?

Doubtful: Alopecia totalis is the most severe type of a skin condition that is thought to be autoimmune. The prognosis is guarded. ...Read more

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What is alopecia totalis?

What is alopecia totalis?

Alopecia totalis: Alopecia areata is a chronic inflammatory disorder causing nonscarring hair loss. In a minority of patients the entire scalp can be affected, which is called alopecia totalis. It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder which may also have a genetic or heritable component. ...Read more

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What can cure alopecia totalis?

What can cure alopecia totalis?

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 more

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How can I address alopecia totalis?

How can I address alopecia totalis?

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 more

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