Alopecia Areata is a condition that causes patches of hair loss. In many cases, the disease does not extend beyond a few patches, however, in some patients, hair loss is more extensive. The course of the disease is highly unpredictable, one may continue to lose hair, or the hair loss may stop.
The disease can occur anywhere over the body but the most common sites are the scalp and beard area.
The aim of managing the disease process is stop the progression of the alopecia if the disease is active and to help in promoting the regrowth of the lost hair.
- Prescription based oral medicines might be required.
- Medicated creams and solutions like steroid creams, Minoxidil, contact sensitizers etc may help.
- Intralesional injections at the site of the bald patches might be needed in most cases.