Unfortunately, alopecia is not curable, but can and should be treated by a dermatologist. During diagnosis, a skin biopsy may be performed and examined to properly diagnose the alopecia.
What can doctors do for alopecia?
Alopecia (young people)
- Alopecia treatments: an overview of steroid treatments.
- Alopecia treatments: topical steroids.
- Alopecia treatments: steroid injections.
- Alopecia treatments: oral steroids (tablets)
- Alopecia treatments: minoxidil.
- Alopecia treatments: topical immunotherapy.
Can you recover from alopecia?
Approximately 50 percent of people with mild alopecia areata recover within a year; however, most people will experience more than one episode during their lifetime. Approximately 1 person in 50 will suffer from alopecia areata at some point in their life. It occurs in men and women of all races equally.
Does stress cause alopecia?
A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh), possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles — causing hair loss.
What helps alopecia grow back?
Prescription-strength corticosteroids in liquid form can be applied directly to the scalp. This is often an effective treatment for children affected by alopecia areata. Corticosteroid injections into areas of patchy hair loss on the scalp may help revive hair growth within several weeks in people with alopecia areata.
How should I wear my hair if I have alopecia?
“The easiest solution is to choose a style that’s going to keep hair over the spot that’s balding. Try a side braid, low ponytail, or a top knot, whichever would best cover your thinning area.”