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Rogaine Traction Alopecia
I've been using rogaine (minoxidil) for men and clobetasol to treat traction alopecia for 3mos. I've experienced a lot of facial hair growth. What's causing this?
Hirsutism: Excess facial hair in women is considered hirsutism. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hirsutism/ds00858 for more info. Hirsutism may be genetic/familial (check out your mom, sisters & aunts). Or it could be due to excess testosterone & dihydrotestosterone (ask your doc to check via blood tests). Sometimes, medications can upset hormone balance. But rogaine (minoxidil) shouldn't cause thi. ...Read more
Minoxidil: As the alopecia resulting from traction may involve scarring, minoxidil may not be effective. However results usually take anywhere from 6-12 months of daily use. I suggest seeing a specialist if you have not already done so, to be certain the diagnosis is accurate and to discuss other treatment options. ...Read more
I am using minoxidil spray 2 percent to treat traction alopecia and it's been a couple days and I have a little bit of itchiness is that normal?
I started using minoxidil spray 2percent for traction alopecia it's been about two weeks hair is shedding is this a normal side effect? Please help
No: Get to a dermatologist and entertain an alternative diagnosis. ...Read more
Usually Yes: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. Traction alopecia is not one of the conditions of hairloss that spreads unless the source of traction is spreading to other areas of the scalp. ...Read more
How long does it take for hair to stop falling out while having traction alopecia even though I stopped the traction?
Watching hair grow: Hair normally grows in phases and, unless you've been ill, those phases are not synchronized. That's why you will almost always be shedding some hair. The damaged roots may shed after traction ends. Look closely in the areas of alopecia, if after 1 month you do not see any new tiny hairs growing you might need to go back to your doctor. ...Read more
Usually No: Once the cause of the traction alopecia is removed the hair will usually grow back as long as it has not been going on for too long. Unfortunately, chronic traction alopecia can result in permanent hairloss in the area. Traction alopecia is not one of the conditions of hairloss that spreads unless the source of traction is spreading to other areas of the scalp. ...Read more
Traction alopecia: Generally will improve by changing hair care habits (no tight braids, plaits, buns or ponytails). In otherwise healthy people, normal hair growth will resume on its own. ...Read more
The only way you would no will depend on your symptoms - frequent/regular?
Please make another appointment with your doctor.
I would appreciate hearing how things get along. ...Read more
Traction alopecia: Tractional alopecia is an inflammatory hair loss that ultimately results in scarring of follicles after repeated damage. Whether it is reversible or not depends on how many hair follicles have already completed the scarring process. It is certainly worth a try to save as many follicles as possible by absolutely stopping any traction and by treating the inflammation. Please see your dermatologist. ...Read more
See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more
Minoxidl and steroid: Topical minoxidl may stimulate regrowth. Also dermatologist can inject dilute cortisone shots once a month and regrow some or most of hair. Expect 3 to 6 months to see regrowth. ...Read more
How long is does it take for traction alopecia until it becomes permanent is two years already permanent?
No specific timespan: Depends on the severity/frequency of traction and individual anatomic differences. However, the longer traction is present, the more likely loss will be permanent. Stop the traction and allow several months of growth to take place. Try using minoxidil for women (avail without Rx). If hair does not return in 6 to 9 months, then the loss is likely permanent. ...Read more
How to know if you have severe traction alopecia what are the symptoms of severe traction alopecia and temporary traction alopecia? Please help
Permanent vs temp.: It depends on the severity/frequency of traction and individual anatomic differences. However, the longer traction is present, the more likely loss will be permanent. Stop the traction and allow several months of growth to take place. Try using minoxidil for women (avail without Rx). If hair does not return in 6 to 9 months, then the loss is likely permanent. ...Read more
How long does it take for traction alopecia to become permanent and how do I know if my traction alopecia is permanent I need help and answers?
See answer: The earlier traction alopecia (TA) is diagnosed the more likely it will be reversible by discontinuing the traction. Persistence beyond one year is more likely to be permanent. Treatment is to stop all traction. In early reversible TA the number of hair follicles are normal and some inflammation is often present. In permanent TA the follicles are reduced in number and no inflammation is present. ...Read more
Observation: Traction alopecia will appear only in areas where the hair has consistently been pulled tightly for a long period of time. The pattern of hair loss is what differentiates it from other types of hair loss. For example, tight pony tails will show hairloss around the hairline. Or tight braides to the scalp will result in thinning hair between the braids. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I'm 20. I had long hair at a very young age. I cut them short a couple years ago. I seem to have traction alopecia now. What are the best treatments?
Rogaine (minoxidil): Traction alopecia usually occurs from braiding hair too tightly at the root. If your hair is not braided, it is more likely that you have androgenetic alopecia. If this is the case, topical treatment with rogaine (minoxidil) or oral treatment with Propecia may be helpful. Consult a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more