ZocdocAnswersWhat can i do to treat alopecia universalis?

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What can i do to treat alopecia universalis?

i got diagnosed with alopecia 3 month ago

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I am very sorry to hear that you are dealing with this condition. Alopecia areata totalis or universalis is a rare form of alopecia areata, which typically causes rounded areas of hair loss but, in the totalis version results in hair loss all over the body - scalp hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes included. We do not totally understand what causes alopecia areata, although it is thought by most doctor to be a form of autoimmune disease in which the body itself, for whatever reason, attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Unfortunately there is no good therapy for alopecia areata totalis. Since the condition is so rare, it should definitely be managed by a dermatologist with experience dealing with similar cases. If you have not yet had an appointment with a dermatologist, I would strongly suggest that you set one up as soon as possible. Most commonly, treatment for extensive hairless with alopecia areata involves the application of topical medications designed to reduce the autoimmune component of the condition. Although the effect of these is not guaranteed, they do produce some improvement in many patients. There are also some more experimental therapies that your dermatologist will be able to discuss with you when you meet.

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