Patient Comments: Alopecia Areata - Effective Treatments

What treatments have been effective for your alopecia areata?

Comment from: new Dawn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

My mother had alopecia areata, I noticed the loss two years ago at 40, I stopped wearing weaves, and I'm taking hair, skin and nail vitamins. After six months I noticed the loss process has stopped and hair started to grow back, it is extremely slowly though. I"m looking for vitamins that can help, I hear Biotin is good.

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Comment from: ashish kumar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

I have alopecia areata. I consulted with one dermatologist and he gave me the hair bless solution to apply on it. But nothing worked. Then I moved on for Ayurvedic medicines. I applied Navratna oil, black sesame oil and neem oil and left it overnight. After ten days of application it worked and now I see a patch of hairs on the bald patch. Also at the same time I was taking Dr. Reckeweg"s R89 for hair problems. You can take 20 drops twice or thrice daily along with Kali Sulphuricum (4 tablets twice daily) and arsenicum album 30 (4 drops twice daily). Alopecia areata is an auto immune disease, so you need to cure your immune system. It is because of blood impurity and 'pitta dosha' in Ayurveda. So take gooseberry, butter, curd, cold milk etc., avoid taking tea, coffee or any hot food. Avoid taking spicy food or food from outside. You need to balance your 'pitta'. I am also taking triphala to control the 'pitta' which also boosts immunity. Hope you people find it useful.

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Comment from: jjj4ever, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am a 32 year old female. I first saw two bald patches on the top of my head back in September of 2013 (I felt like I had died). I"ve always had very long hair so this was devastating to me! I started receiving the shots in my head and it made my hair way worse, every time I had gotten the shots, a new bald spot would appear. I found a bald spot that me and the doctor had seen and was growing hair without any treatments (no shots or any creams). I"m choosing not to get the shots anymore and see what happens! Stress is my biggest issue I guess that"s why this happened to me.

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Comment from: breanabanana65, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I'm a female and started losing my hair at 25. I'm 30 now and my bangs are almost gone as well as the crown of my head. I tried and failed with Rogaine and some other shampoos. I now wear extensions stuffed underneath my hats and I'm so embarrassed every time I go out that people notice my fake hair. I haven't gotten the courage to wear wigs outside yet. But I heard today from a friend of my mother's who is a registered nurse who used to have the same problem as me and then just before she started chemotherapy for her cancer she found a solution. She takes a month's supply of birth control pills and mushes them into powder, and then mixes it into her shampoo. She never lost her hair during chemotherapy and to this day she has long thick hair.

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Comment from: Susan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

Bald patches began at age seven. Cortisone shots directly into the patches worked temporarily. When patches came back around age nine I was treated with: more shots in scalp, Topsyn ointment and also fluorescent light treatments. Eventually all of my hair fell out. By age 15 I was asked to participate in the Minoxidil study. I used it at (what is now considered to be) 100x current market strength. It did not work for me. By age 17 my eyebrows fell out. By age 23 my eyelashes, once lush and long, also fell out. Half of my mons is also bald--the rest is pale blonde and thin. I have transparent hair growth under my armpits and shave it off once every ten days or so. I haven't shaved my legs since I was thirteen. I am now 41 years old, married, and have two children who do not have this disease. I wear a wig, and every day is hell for me because it is not comfortable. I just want my hair to grow back, once and for all, so I can feel normal again. I have never settled and gotten used to this, but I've made the best of it from what I have.

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Comment from: MrM, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

I'm 32 and I've had 4 battles with Alopecia Areata. Every time something major happens I begin to start loosing a patch of hair. First, when I made a huge move across country and left all my family, a spot started. (pretty scary) since it was the first time. The second time, I was in some financial problems, and again it started. The second times, I had deaths in the family a few years apart, and again, the patches came up. It's a horrible feeling to have a full head of hair, and then all the sudden a small little patch starts and you start praying that it stops or doesn't get that big. Currently, I have two huge spots on the back of my head that barely have any fuzz at all. In fact, some of the grey hairs stayed, and the brown didn't. Weird. I'm not on any medications since the other times it grew back fairly quickly (6-9 months), but I think I'm going to find something this time since their much bigger than before.

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