What hair loss treatments are there for alopecia?
There are treatments available for alopecia areata but they are not 100% guaranteed to cause hair regrowth. Many sufferers of mild alopecia will experience the regrowth of their hair within a few months or a year without needing any treatment.
Some hair loss treatments for alopecia areata are designed to stimulate hair regrowth, but none are able to cure the condition or stop it from recurring. Treatments that carry serious risks and side effects should not be used, because although alopecia areata is a distressing condition, it does no harm to physical health.
Available treatments for alopecia areata include:
Topical steroid creams which are applied to the affected area for a limited time. Steroid creams cause the skin to thin so cannot be taken for a long time.
Steroid injections to small areas of hair loss on the scalp or elsewhere, for example the eyebrows. The injections are usually carried out by a dermatologist (a skin specialist) after referral by your doctor to a hospital. It can take a couple of months and a number of sessions for hair to start to regrow, however it’s painful and it doesn’t work for everyone.
Minoxidil lotion (also known by the brand name Regaine). This is a solution which is applied to the areas of hair loss. Minoxidil is also used to treat male pattern baldness. It is not recommended for everyone, and is not currently licensed for the treatment of alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata is a condition that can be very upsetting for sufferers, but often the hair will regrow naturally without the need for treatment.