Currently there is no known cure for alopecia. In some cases the lost hair will begin to grow back naturally and in other cases medical treatment can lead to the re-growth of hair.
While alopecia treatments do not cure the condition, they can stimulate the affected hair follicles and lead to healing and the growth of new hair. The effectiveness of alopecia treatment depends on the severity of the condition, the area of the body most affected by the disease and the age of the person being treated.
There are two main types of alopecia treatments - those for mild alopecia and those for severe alopecia. Mild alopecia is defined by hair loss that affects less than 50 per cent of the scalp. Severe alopecia is defined by a loss of at least 50 per cent of the hair or more. Due to the lower extent of the hair loss, treatments for mild alopecia are more effective than those for severe cases of the condition.
The most common type of alopecia treatment is the injection of cortisone. In this procedure small amounts of cortisone are injected multiple times into different areas of the affected skin.
Although this treatment has been shown to promote hair growth in balding areas, it does not keep other areas of hair loss from appearing on the skin.
For more severe cases of alopecia more aggressive treatment is usually needed. In these cases cortisone pills can be given in addition to the treatments for mild alopecia to increase their effectiveness. When these pills are taken regularly along with cortisone shots, the application of topical minoxidil, or the application of Anthralin cream hair growth is boosted and better results can be seen.
Although alopecia can be treated it is not guaranteed to work for everyone. When alopecia is resistant to treatment individuals are encouraged to check out other options for dealing with their condition such as hair counselling or wigs. However you don’t have to deal with your hair loss on your own. There are support groups who can help you through this difficult phase so you never have to feel your alone in coming to terms with your hair loss