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I have been recently diagnosed with alopecia areata and have questions.

What to Ask Your Doctor

  • What causes alopecia areata?

    The causes of this immune disorder aren't clear, but your doctor can explain what may play a role.

  • Who gets alopecia areata?

    Certain people – like those with a family history of the condition – are at higher risk. Your doctor can tell you whether any risk factors apply to you.

  • How serious is alopecia areata?

    Most people with the condition are otherwise healthy. But it can affect your emotional health. Your doctor can point you to helpful resources.

     
  • What treatments are available?

    Your hair may grow back on its own. Your doctor can also give you details about treatment options, including shots, medicines you apply to your scalp, and oral medications.

  • Will my hair loss be permanent?

    There are no guarantees. But your doctor can help you understand things that play a role in whether your hair will fully grow back.

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Add to Calendar America/New_York I have been recently diagnosed with alopecia areata and have questions. <ul><li><p class="ddg_question">What causes alopecia areata?</p><p>The causes of this immune disorder aren't clear, but your doctor can explain what may play a role.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Who gets alopecia areata?</p><p>Certain people – like those with a family history of the condition – are at higher risk. Your doctor can tell you whether any risk factors apply to you.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">How serious is alopecia areata?</p><p>Most people with the condition are otherwise healthy. But it can affect your emotional health. Your doctor can point you to helpful resources.</p><div class="ad ad-2026 tabAdsection" id="ads2-pos-2026-ad-tab-1"> </div></li><li><p class="ddg_question">What treatments are available?</p><p>Your hair may grow back on its own. Your doctor can also give you details about treatment options, including shots, medicines you apply to your scalp, and oral medications.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Will my hair loss be permanent?</p><p>There are no guarantees. But your doctor can help you understand things that play a role in whether your hair will fully grow back.</p></li></ul>

I am currently treating alopecia areata and have questions.

What to Ask Your Doctor

  • Will this treatment cure my alopecia areata?

    While there's no permanent cure, treatment could help your hair grow back faster. Your doctor can tell you what to expect.

  • Is my treatment the most effective one?

    No single treatment is best for everyone. When deciding on a treatment, your doctor considers things like your age and how much hair you've lost

  • Are there nondrug treatments that may help?

    While there's little evidence that any alternative treatments are effective, your doctor can help you decide whether things like laser or light treatments might be worth a try.

     
  • What are your instructions for using this treatment?

    For any treatment to work its best, it should be used exactly as prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for written instructions if you're not clear.

  • What are the possible side effects?

    Your doctor can detail any potential side effects of your treatment and tell you what to do if they happen to you.

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Add to Calendar America/New_York I am currently treating alopecia areata and have questions. <ul><li><p class="ddg_question">Will this treatment cure my alopecia areata?</p><p>While there's no permanent cure, treatment could help your hair grow back faster. Your doctor can tell you what to expect.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Is my treatment the most effective one?</p><p>No single treatment is best for everyone. When deciding on a treatment, your doctor considers things like your age and how much hair you've lost</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Are there nondrug treatments that may help?</p><p>While there's little evidence that any alternative treatments are effective, your doctor can help you decide whether things like laser or light treatments might be worth a try.</p><div class="ad ad-2026 tabAdsection" id="ads2-pos-2026-ad-tab-2"> </div></li><li><p class="ddg_question">What are your instructions for using this treatment?</p><p>For any treatment to work its best, it should be used exactly as prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for written instructions if you're not clear.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">What are the possible side effects?</p><p>Your doctor can detail any potential side effects of your treatment and tell you what to do if they happen to you.</p></li></ul>

I am treating my alopecia areata, yet it is getting worse. I have questions about other treatment options.

What to Ask Your Doctor

  • How long should it take for my treatment to work?

    Different treatments work on different timetables. Your doctor can tell you what to expect.

  • Why isn't my treatment working?

    Alopecia areata is an unpredictable condition. Your doctor can suggest changes to your treatment plan that may help.

  • Should I switch to a different treatment?

    You might have to try more than one treatment before you find one that works. Some aren't meant to be used long-term. Your doctor can help you decide what to try next.

     
  • What are my options if treatment doesn't work for me?

    Your doctor can discuss various cosmetic options, like hairpieces, false eyelashes, and eyebrow tattoos.

  • How can I deal with the emotional fallout from my hair loss?

    Your doctor may be able to recommend a therapist or point you to a support group that can help.

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Add to Calendar America/New_York I am treating my alopecia areata, yet it is getting worse. I have questions about other treatment options. <ul><li><p class="ddg_question">How long should it take for my treatment to work?</p><p>Different treatments work on different timetables. Your doctor can tell you what to expect.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Why isn't my treatment working?</p><p>Alopecia areata is an unpredictable condition. Your doctor can suggest changes to your treatment plan that may help.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">Should I switch to a different treatment?</p><p>You might have to try more than one treatment before you find one that works. Some aren't meant to be used long-term. Your doctor can help you decide what to try next.</p><div class="ad ad-2026 tabAdsection" id="ads2-pos-2026-ad-tab-3"> </div></li><li><p class="ddg_question">What are my options if treatment doesn't work for me?</p><p>Your doctor can discuss various cosmetic options, like hairpieces, false eyelashes, and eyebrow tattoos.</p></li><li><p class="ddg_question">How can I deal with the emotional fallout from my hair loss?</p><p>Your doctor may be able to recommend a therapist or point you to a support group that can help.</p></li></ul>
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