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Can corticosteroids help with hair loss?

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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 topical corticosteroid drops or steroid shots directly into the areas of hair loss on the scalp. The treatment may be somewhat painful and may cause skin thinning in the injected sites. Prednisone, an 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.

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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