Alopecia Areata Treatment
Alopecia areata does not require treatment because it does not pose a risk to a person's health. Treatment focuses on medications that help to promote hair growth. However, drug therapy does not always result in improvement. Treatment for alopecia areata may include topical corticosteroids, anthralin therapy, corticosteroid injections, minoxidil, and finasteride.
Treatment for alopecia areata may include:
- Anthralin therapy:
- Synthetic tar is applied to bald areas of the scalp.
- Topical corticosteroid
- Corticosteroid injections:
- Medication is injected into the bald areas.
- Oral corticosteroid medication
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- Finasteride (Propecia)
- Topical immunotherapy:
- Chemicals are applied to the scalp to promote an allergic reaction.
- New hair growth occurs after the reaction resolves.
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