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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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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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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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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

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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?

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?

Sounds like it: Alopecia areata can regrow on its own without treatment. If you are experiencing more hair loss though then I would follow up with dermatologist ...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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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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