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I have lichen planopilaris. Do you know of alternatives to topical steroids and systemic drugs?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: If you

If you have a small area you could have intralesional corticosteroids.

In brief: If you

If you have a small area you could have intralesional corticosteroids.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Lichen planopilaris is a "scarring" alopecia, in which hair follicles are damaged and form scar tissue, leading to permanent hair loss in affected areas.
Aside from topical steroids, dermatologists can also inject steroids into the affected skin (those injections are not considered systemic therapy). Some websites list retinoids and antimalarial drugs as having been used for lichen planopilaris.

In brief: No

Lichen planopilaris is a "scarring" alopecia, in which hair follicles are damaged and form scar tissue, leading to permanent hair loss in affected areas.
Aside from topical steroids, dermatologists can also inject steroids into the affected skin (those injections are not considered systemic therapy). Some websites list retinoids and antimalarial drugs as having been used for lichen planopilaris.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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