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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 the most common symptoms of alopecia areata?

What are the most common symptoms of alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata: Patches of hair loss without any other symptoms whatsoever. The areas of hair loss do not itch, turn red, or have a rash. The skin appears completely normal, just without any hair. ...Read more

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Can just thinning eyebrow in 5 yr old be symptom of alopecia areata?common clinical manifestation? What is the outlook for progression to scalp etc?

Can just thinning eyebrow in 5 yr old be symptom of alopecia areata?common clinical manifestation? What is the outlook for progression to scalp etc?

It can be a sign of : Alopecia Areata, which can also occur in the scalp. Unilateral eyebrow thinning can also be from Trichitillomania, pulling out eyebrow hair, or Tinea Capitis, a fungal infection. Less likely causes in kids are Telogen Effluvium, a response to physical or emotional stress, or hypothyroidism. His pediatrician can examine him & either provide treatment or refer him to a dermatologist, if needed. ...Read more

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What is alopecia areata?

What is alopecia areata?

ALOPECIA TX: Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted . You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid.. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA.. With supplements start at a Lo dose and work up. ...Read more

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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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Can alopecia areata be cured?

Can alopecia areata be cured?

Usually treated: Most with aopecoa aerate will respond to treatment. Depending on severity limited alopecia aerate will relsove but may occur later. Extensive alopecia aerate is more difficult to treat, oral simvistatin works well for many who used it. ...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 long does alopecia areata last?

Hard to say: The answer depends upon how much of your scalp was involved and if your eyelashes and eyebrows are involved also. There are treatments for this problem including the injection of cortisone into the scalpor the use of creams or lotions to irritate the scalp and cause hair growth. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alopecia areata?

Autoimmune hair loss: It is smooth skin in an circular pattern where the hair is suppressed below the skin surface, if occurs in the head or beard area. It can become more extensive where all or most of the hair is missing alopecia totals and whole body alopecia universals. Localized lesions are treated with dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) injections. More extensive areas can be treated with oral simvistatin. ...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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