Alopecia Areata Sussex Community Dermatology Service

Alopecia Areata Sussex Community Dermatology Service

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss that often affects the scalp and/or the beard, although eyebrows and eyelashes can also be involved. There may be a strong family history and there is a strong association with other conditions including psoriasis, vitiligo and thyroid disease. Low vitamin D levels have also been linked to alopecia areata. Steroids are drugs that mimic certain natural hormones in the body that regulate and control how the body works and develops.

Taking Anavar within the guidelines issued reduces severe side effects and gains muscle mass. Winstrol is a very commonly used steroid when in the ripping stage. It is known to impact your hairline and can cause significant hair loss.

Topical Steroids

At Rejuvence we offer intravenous vitamin drips tailored to specific needs. Our Hair Boost Drip consists of a combination of vitamins and biotin and can help improve the quality of your existing hair as well as improve hair loss. In alopecia areata it can be a supplemental treatment but should only be taken alongside conventional treatments such as steroid injections. Suggested treatment courses should be a single round of steroid injections every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing.
  • Hair Extensions can help you grow your hair as they take on more of the heat styling, allowing your own hair to avoid it.
  • It is important to realise that the causes of Alopecia Areata are multiple and they may be working together to make the condition worse.
  • Minoxidil is recommended for alopecia areata, especially if steroid treatment is slow to work.
  • If you feel unwell or need advice, you can call them at any time of the day or night.

If you need emotional support following hair loss, you can contact the charity Alopecia UK. A network of support groups exists across the UK where you can talk to other people with alopecia. In the U.S, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) provides resources and details of local support groups.

Alopecia Areata

Sometimes the corticosteroid becomes less effective after repeated use and you may need to try an alternative formulation or treatment for a while. The goal of any allergy treatment is to reduce the symptoms of the allergy, rather than cure it completely as this is often not possible. Various medications are available to try to treat hair loss, however they are not effective for all types of hair loss. It’s important to remember that in most cases, given time, the hair will start to regrow.

Future Treatments for Alopecia Areata?

It is always worth making general enquiries of friends and relatives about local hairdressers or contacting the Hairdressing Council for further advice. Some hairdressers are also happy to visit your home if you would prefer not to go to a salon. A lot of product treatments will contain salicylic acid, known as a keratolytic.

Hair loss and thyroid disorders

If you think you need dental treatment, talk to your cancer doctor or nurse. This gives your body a chance to adjust and get used to making its own steroids again. The side effects may be reduced by lowering the dose of steroids. If you have indigestion or pain in your tummy, let your nurse or doctor know.

Cats can be ‘allergic’ or intolerant to any number of food components, from specific proteins like chicken or beef to chemical additives or carbohydrate sources. If your cat is still itchy after ruling out fleas or other parasites, we may recommend a specific hypoallergenic diet and advise that you feed this, and only this, to your cat for 6-12 weeks. This can be difficult in a multicat household as there may be access to other cat foods. Not necessarily convenient, but a very important step along the pathway of finding out why your cat is overgrooming.

Is my thyroid disorder causing my hair loss?

Artificial lighting (especially energy efficient, fluorescent lighting) can also emit UV which can trigger a response in people with lupus. You can learn more about the effects of different types of artificial lighting on people with lupus in the Eclipse section of our website HERE. You can also get help with some of the less serious side-effects such as acne, hair loss and erection difficulties.

Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)

Other common symptoms of PCOS that you might experience include hair loss from the scalp, acne and weight gain. Iron deficiency, certain medications, or stress can all cause temporary hair loss in men. Still, one of the most common, and more permanent, types of hair loss in men is androgenetic alopecia, perhaps better known as male pattern baldness. As the name suggests, this form of hair loss is related to the androgen hormones which play a crucial role in sexual development, including, you guessed it, regulating hair growth.

How common is scalp psoriasis?

Pain is often overlooked when searching for the underlying cause of fur loss but it is very important to rule this out before proceeding with more advanced treatments and diagnostic tests. A thorough physical examination and a trial of pain medication are probably the easiest ways to see if pain is to blame. Most other hair loss support groups focus on alopecia areata, but can offer useful advice for all patients suffering from hair loss. T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are involved but we do not know why it starts.