Treatment of Alopecia Areata
Although alopecia areata treatment can promote hair growth, there are no medications that can cure the underlying autoimmune disease or prevent new patches of hair loss.
Certain medications that are approved for other purposes can help hair grow back (at least temporarily). These options include oral medications, topical ointments, and photochemotherapy.
Corticosteroids (drugs that reduce swelling and pain and affect the immune system) are commonly used for treating alopecia areata. Corticosteroids are available in three forms: injections, oral drugs, and topical medicines. Other topical medicines and immune system drugs are also frequently used in treating alopecia areata.
(Click Alopecia Areata Treatment for more information about the treatment of this condition, the expected results of various medications, and how long it may take for you to see results.)