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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)

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 ...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?

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 eye brow 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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Base to my research alopecia areata has no cure. Would be possible that when my hair grows up it will loss again ?

There are new treat-: ments for AA and usually the hair will grow back and yes it can recur, make sure you see your dermatologist for details and possible treatments ...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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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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How long does it take for zithranol(anthralin) to cure alopecia areata?

How long does it take for zithranol(anthralin) to cure alopecia areata?

8 weeks to 6 months: Hair regrowth can take as short as 8 weeks and full treatment can take up to 6 months if there is some response by 3 months. If there is no response by 3 months then the treatment is considered to have failed. ...Read more

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Is there any new treatment or new cure for alopecia areata?

Is there any new treatment or new cure for alopecia areata?

Yes: 8 genes have been discovered to increase the risk of developing alopecia areata. These genes are involved in the cellular based autoimmune reaction that is responsible for destroying the patch of hair follicles . New treatments are being tested using previously approved drugs for other autoimmune conditions (such as Orencia (abatacept) for rheumatoid arthritis.). ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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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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Baldness (Definition)

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