Alopecia is a serious autoimmune skin condition that most often results in round patches of lost hair, and rarely in complete hair loss on the scalp or all over the body. Alopecia areata treatment cream and injections are used to help men and women who suffer from this non contagious condition. They work by stimulating patients’ hair follicles to start producing new hair growth. While this may be helpful to some patients, others will not experience any new growth. Read on to find out how alopecia areata treatment creams differ or are similar to injections.
When it comes to the best hair loss treatment for women who suffer from alopecia, many believe that a topical cream is the way to go. The cream can work for some but it depends on the extent and severity of the hair loss.
Anthralin cream is one of the popular topical treatments applied to bare scalp patches one time daily and then gets washed off after an hour. It is safe and easy to apply but takes a while to see results. Doctors and specialists say that you may not see any new hair growth until at least 8 to 12 weeks. Although Anthralin is safe to use, it has been said to cause a brown discoloration on the treated areas.
Alopecia areata treatment also comes in the form of an injection. Much more painful than rubbing and removing a cream on the distressed area, injections are said to be slightly more effective and are indented only for small bald patches rather than a completely hair free scalp.
Cortisone injections are prescribed by a dermatologist who administers multiple injections to patients once a month. The overall procedure is minimally painful and patients do not usually report any discomfort following a treatment. New hair growth is said to be noticed around 4 weeks after a treatment. The injections do not assist in preventing new patches of hair loss from developing. One side effect of the cortisone injections is small dips or depressions in the skin which go away on their own within a short period of time.
It is also important for Alopecia areata sufferers to utilize ammonia free hair color if they must have their hair dyed and use other extremely gentle cleansing and styling products to prevent further hair damage.
At this point more research is need to help estimated 5 million of alopecia areata patients in the US. While creams or injectables might not be appropriate for everyone, some women may also consider a female hair transplant to alleviate the bald patches and help build their confidence.
Only your doctor can recommend which alopecia areata treatment is right for you. Both the cream and injection can stimulate new growth in just about one month’s time!