How Does Anti-inflammatory Treatment Work?
There is no cure for alopecia areata. Due to its unpredictability, alopecia can be very difficult to treat. Some individuals can achieve some hair growth with treatment, while others have no success. The goal of most treatments is either to block the immune response or stimulate hair growth. Even with treatment, the hair may fall out again when the treatment is stopped.
Loss of hair on the scalp
Loss of hair on the beard
Loss of hair on the eyebrows
Loss of hair on the eyelashes
Loss of hair on the body hair
Stimulate hair growth
About the Procedure
Small patches may benefit from anti-inflammatory treatment, using a topical steroid in the form of shampoo, lotion, or foam for at least three months to see results, and stopped at six months if there is no effect. Multiple intralesional steroid injections are typically needed, and this can lead to skin atrophy on the injection site. Potential side effects include folliculitis, rash, and skin thinning, thus making it an undesirable choice for long-term treatment.
Alopecia can also be treated with oral medications, such as minoxidil (Rogaine). Minoxidil acts as a vasodilator, with minoxidil, it may take months to see hair growth, so it is typically used in combination with a topical steroid. Common side effects seen with minoxidil can include skin inflammation, headaches, and hair overgrowth.
Dr. Pugen Hair + Treatment Plan
— Spot Rejuvenation Treatment
— PRP Hair Rejuvenation Treatment
— Hair Nutrition IV Drip and Injection
— Scalp Micropigmentation
Loss of hair on the scalp, beard, and sometimes eyebrows, eyelashes or body hair.
“Exclamation mark” hair can be seen at the edge of the bald patches, these hairs are more fragile and likely to fall out.
Some individuals with alopecia experience nail abnormalities like pitting of the nail plate.
Hair loss can be as small as the size of a coin, or entirely involve the affected area.
Symptom of losing all hair on scalp is called alopecia totalis and when body hair is involved, its called alopecia universalis.
A type of autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing the hair to decrease in size, slow down growing, or stop growing altogether.
It can also be associated with other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases.
It’s not contagious. Individuals who develop alopecia areata typically have both a family history and some type of environmental trigger, such as emotional or physical stress.
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