How to treat Alopecia Areata- know form Expert Dermatologist

Written By Dr Nitin, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

“Doctor, my daughter is developing bald patches over her scalp, how to treat alopecia areata?” Alopecia areata is usually self-limiting that responds well to treatment.

Dr Nitin, MD Skin has already talked about what is alopecia areata; and here he tells us about 'how to treat Alopecia areata' both at home and at a dermatologist clinic. He is the founder of Dermacosm; a clinic dedicated to providing clinical dermatology, paediatric dermatology, and cosmetology and dermato-surgery services. Over to Dr Nitin!

How to treat Alopecia Areata?

A number of treatments can induce hair growth in alopecia areata but none has been shown to alter the course of the disease.

  • Watchful expectancy: Alopecia areata itself doesn't affect your general health. So, leaving alopecia areata untreated is a legitimate option for many patients.
  • Steroid injections: Injections of steroid into the alopecia patches of suppress the local immune reaction, allowing the hair follicles to regrow new hair. A skin specialist should do this treatment only.
  • Topical treatments: Topical steroids, minoxidil solution, and topical immunotherapy are other effective treatments.

With each treatment, side effects and cosmetically acceptable improvement must be considered. The decision to choose one treatment option over another depends on the age of the patient & the extent of the disease. It's best advised to let a dermatologist help you in deciding the treatment protocol tailored for your specific disease presentation.

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Can home remedies help in getting rid of alopecia areata?

Some people with alopecia areata try alternative therapies, which are said to stimulate hair growth in the affected patches. Some of the popular home treatments include rubbing any of these into the bald patches:

  • Lavender (diluted in coconut oil)
  • Onion juice
  • Outer skin of vegetables such as potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, coconut milk mixed with gram of flour 
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Cloth dipped into green tea 
  • Mixture of petals of the hibiscus flower with some dandelion oil

These 'home remedies' have not been studied in clinical trials, so they may or may not help in growing back your hair. And sometimes you can even suffer some adverse effects from these. So, it is always better to consult with your dermatologist before trying out any alternative treatments.

Read: Complete Dermatologist Guide on Alopecia or Hair Loss