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Treatment of Alopecia Areata

  • C. Perret
  • R. Happle

Abstract

The patchy form of alopecia areata has a high rate of spontaneous remission. In severe forms, the chance of a spontaneous regrowth is much lower but still present. This fact must be taken into account when different therapeutic modalities are evaluated. For topical therapeutics, efficacy must be established by treating only parts of the scalp, the nontreated areas serving as a control. Systemic drugs must be evaluated in placebo-controlled studies. Although alopecia areata is a disease that may cause major psychosocial problems, it is at any rate not life threatening. For this reason, the obtained results must be weighed against possible undesired effects. Maintenance treatment should be suitable for a long period of time, and possible long-term side effects must be taken into consideration.

Keywords

Hair Growth Alopecia Areata Acta Derm Fluocinolone Acetonide Hair Regrowth 
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