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New Treatments For Alopecia Areata
Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog (triamcinolone) injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?
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
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
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
I had smooth bald spot and new hair grew back, would that be alopecia areata?Now crown and sides are really thin you can see my scalp clearly. Y?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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