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Posted: April 27, 2010 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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I have been reading some clinicals on the internet regarding Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) .  Though there is not much information on it due to the fact that it is a rare form of Alopecia, I have found that Propecia has been somewhat of a successful treatment. 

I am currently still on the Desonide Lotion  ( a cortico steriod)  prescribed by my derm about 5 wks ago for my first line of treatment, but if you look at my forth photo i just posted, you will notice a slight recession in the center of my hairline.  I also notice advance thinning right past my hairline, when i look in the mirror. Therefore, this "lotion" is doing nothing to stop the FFA.  I am still not experiencing any itching or redness, but I have been having tenderness on the crown area. It comes & goes.

My next appt. with derm is on May 5th.  I want the Propecia. It is the only treatment that has shown positive results in some females, all other treatments have failed.  According to findings cortico-steriods are a waste of time.

There is also one study in the JAAD (July 2009) where oral dutasteride was used in 13 female patients with FFA. At 12 months, six patients showed a complete arrest of the disease.  In doing some research on dutasteride, i think that it may be a radical move to take it at this time, i think the Propecia would be a great start & possibly be all i need to halt this thing. I anticipate my derm will not want to prescribe it to me.  If that is the case, I will find another derm that will.  I do not have any risk of pregnancy so, i am a candidate for the drug.  Though FFA is an autoimmune disease, the few clinical studies i came across found that there is a hormonal link in some females.  I believe i may be one of them for several reasons. Wishful thinking, maybe, but while i still have enough hair, why should i not do everything i can to keep it. 

I'll update on May 5th after my appt.


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