It’s frustrating to deal with hair loss due to an autoimmune condition like alopecia, whether your hair loss is patchy (alopecia areata), you’ve lost the hair on your scalp (alopecia totalis), or you’ve lost hair over your entire body (alopecia universalis). If you have mild hair loss, you may be able to improve the health of your hair follicles to regrow hair. For more severe or persistent hair loss, ask your doctor or dermatologist to prescribe treatments that can stimulate hair growth.
Getting Medical Treatment
- Corticosteroids are also available as a topical treatment, which make them easier for children with alopecia areata to use.
- Minoxidil is often used along with topical corticosteroids.
- Anthralin is another topical treatment that you might be prescribed. You’ll need to apply the cream or lotion and wash it off after 30 to 60 minutes. Hair can begin growing back within 8 to 12 weeks.
- You’ll need to use DPCP for 3 months for the hair to regrow.
- Side effects include glaucoma, swelling in the logs, high blood pressure, behavioral issues, and weight gain.
- Young adults are less likely to experience side effects while taking short courses of oral corticosteroids.
- Side effects of topical immunotherapy include redness, itching, and rash because your immune system is reacting to the medication.