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Doctor insights on: Vitiligo Alopecia Areata

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Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

Can alopecia areata be treated in pregnancy with kenalog injections or should expectant mothers wait until after delivery?

I would not advise: Kenalog 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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I am suffering frm alopecia areata frm the age of 8, now m 18.I visit many doctors.But didn't help.Use injection solutions like minixodil.But didn't help?

I am suffering frm alopecia areata frm the age of 8, now m 18.I visit many doctors.But didn't help.Use injection solutions like minixodil.But didn't help?

Simvistatin,laser: Two treatments that work for resistant cases is the excimer laser used for psoriaisis and vitiligo as well as oral simvistatin a cholesterol lowering drug which works to decrease inflammation and allow regrowth of hair in alopecia areata. The combination can work in resistant cases. ...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 injections. More extensive areas can be treated with oral simvistatin. ...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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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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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 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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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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I have been diagnosed with alopecia areata at the age of 43. How likely is it a one time occurrence. Could it happen again?

I have been diagnosed with alopecia areata at the age of 43. How likely is it a one time occurrence. Could it happen again?

It's unpredictable: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where your white blood cells attack the hair follicles in a certain area, causing the hair to fall out. Sometimes it happens as a result of an underlying problem, like a thyroid disorder. Sometimes it can be caused by stress, sometimes no cause can be identified. It is a non-scarring alopecia, so the hair should grow back. Steroid injections can help. ...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 I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

. Can I heal alopecia areata any way like diet?

No evidence: Alopecia areata can heal without any treatment. It is is caused by a killer immune cell (either natural killer or t cell) attack on the hair follicle. One of the genes that increases risk of attack is expressed abnormally in the hair follicle cells and causes homing of the natural killers to the hair follicle to initiate attack. Dietary factors could be involved in turning this gene on. ...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


Dr. Ayyaz Shah
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Vitiligo (Definition)

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which affected individuals have hypopigmented ...Read more