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Understanding Hair Loss -- Treatment

What Are the Treatments for Hair Loss? continued...

 

Although most cases of alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out in clumps, resolve spontaneously, some doctors try to speed recovery with corticosteroids injected in the scalp. The treatment may be somewhat painful and rarely may cause temporary skin thinning in the injected sites. Prednisone, another oral steroid, may be an effective treatment for alopecia areata, but its potential side effects include weight gain, metabolic abnormalities, acne, and menstrual problems. Its positive effects are often only temporary. Other treatments used for alopecia areata are Rogaine, Anthralin, and another topical called Diphencyprone. Typically, two or more treatments are used at a time. 

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on April 27, 2013

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