After being in remission for two years, alopecia areata is back and my hair started to fall out again. It happened fast, over a period of a week and a half. It’s still falling out, but I hope it will stop soon.
It’s only one side this time which is odd. Well, my husband called many dermatologists to get me seen ASAP. But a lot of dermatologists don’t deal with hair loss, and the ones that do are booked for months.
However, he worked some magic. I went from having an appointment at the end of September to the end of August, then to the end of July and finally he found a doctor to see me that same week. He is awesome.
My New Dermatologist
The doctor is really cool. Wears a bowtie and is young (in other words, omg he’s a time lord). He knows his stuff and recognizes how much this impacts me, so we are being aggressive. I got oral steroids (Prednisone) and a bunch of steroid shots in my scalp. Plus an antifungal shampoo called Ketoconazole. The idea there is to get rid of dandruff, because it’s one less inflammatory hair thing for the body to fight.
Biologics for Alopecia Areata?
Also, he even knew about a biologic that has shown results in alopecia patients. In a clinical study, 50 of 66 participants with alopecia areata saw a full head of hair inside of three months. The catch? It costs around $30,000 USD a year. Although that sounds amazing, a lot of insurances won’t cover it because it is considered experimental treatment.
How Fast Does Alopecia Areata Progress?
A friend asked me this.
Here is the progression over the week period of hair loss.