Patient Comments: Alopecia Areata - Effective Treatments

What treatments have been effective for your alopecia areata?

Comment from: jzk, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I am a 50 yr old female having had a radical hysterectomy almost exactly one year ago. I had experienced alopecia areata when I was 10 years old, due to a stressful emotional experience. My parents had divorced. I had steroidal treatments consisting of creams and painful injections in the scalp, which did not help. I regrew my hair on my own, but it did take a year. I had healthy hair up until a few weeks ago when I tried to stop taking my estrogen, (hormone replacement) and also experienced yet another stressful emotional episode. I lost a lot of my hair under my existing hair I went to the dermatologist once again to get the same treatment. It is helping somewhat. I have some growth under my existing hair. Autoimmune disorders are extremely hard to pinpoint. I am trying to now to be more positive and not worry about the small stuff and hopefully my hair loss will not be permanent. My suggestion to others who have experienced areata recently is it will take time to regrow your hair back, try to be patient. I am doing my best and pray every day to be at peace.

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Comment from: Ruqiya, Female (Patient) Published: December 18

My alopecia first started two months before I conceived my son who is now 5 years old. My hair grew faster after I had my son. I used an ointment and herbal oils, which also helped a lot. There were times when I oiled my hair whenever I had to wash, so every two days or so. After giving birth and weaning my son, I got cortisone shots when the hairless patches recurred. Whenever I would have a disagreement with my husband over something, my scalp became itchy, the hairless patches appeared again. Recently when we were at the verge of a divorce, I had four hairless patches. I saw a dermatologist, and he gave me the cortisone shots again, it stimulated the hair growth. He also gave me an ointment that soothes my scalp. I think alopecia areata is mainly related to emotional stress. I am trying to be positive, and have become more close to God by praying regularly. That helps me calm down and release my stress. I hope someone can benefit from this.

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Comment from: Ash, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I am a 22-year-old woman who has had signs of alopecia areata since the age of 4. I only had it for a year or two, my parents told me, but then it disappeared until high school when I began losing and re-growing one small patch on the front of my head. In my second year of university, I lost so much hair that I had to start wearing a wig. I tried many treatments, but the only thing that worked for me effectively was minoxidil treatment (Rogaine). I encourage everyone with alopecia areata to try an extra-strength solution of Rogaine, which is 5% in strength. After six weeks of using it, I began to grow peach fuzz on most of my balding spots. I had extensive hair loss, so it took me a couple of years before I could go without a wig. Just be patient, and it may come to work for you also.

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Published: August 01

I about 8 years ago lost big patches of my hair. I was almost completely bald. I went to a dermatologist who treated me with fluocinonide solution. She also advised me to not wear a wig if possible. As hard as it was I did not wear a wig, now I have a full head of hair to the middle of my back. I do have Graves Disease and suffer from Hyperthyroidism, but I have not had any hair loss.

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Comment from: apennix29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I have had alopecia for almost 4 years and I was given steroid injections in my scalp to speed up the hair regrowth process and it didn't work for me.

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Comment from: palo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 20

Alopecia areata is from destabilized control of latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Check CD4/CD8 ratio and latent EBV antibodies levels. I'm sure you will find imbalance. In my case it's from tonsil removal and decreased CD8 count and small intestine EBV colonization. Sadly no medicine yet for me, only current possibility is experimental treatment with cloned CD8.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

My alopecia started when I was 19 years old and I had 2 bald spots at that time. I've done the injections which worked and about 4 months later I had 2 new spots. I'm now 24 years old and haven't had a spot in 2 years but today as I washed my hair I noticed at the crown of my head a little piece of hair that look as if I had another spot and hadn't noticed it and it's starting to grow back and I just got depressed; not again! I'm also natural, I don't use any chemicals on my hair. Since my last 2 spots I cut all my hair off and went natural and to see that little piece of hair bothers me. I thought it was over for me for a little while longer but I guess not and I will be seeing a doctor soon.

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