It is important to beware of the many companies out there claiming they can regrow hair for those with AU. In our research, we have happened upon several web sites on the Internet which claim (even with photographs) that they’ve regrown a full head of hair for AU patients. Please be a cautious and skeptical consumer, as the chances of these treatments being legitimate are a million to one. If they truly worked, the whole world would know about them.
Some swear by aromatherapy, but there is little or no evidence to support that it works. The standard method of treatment is Topical Immunotherapy, which involves producing an allergic reaction with irritants placed onto the skin. The theory behind this method is based on the general knowledge that hair can be stimulated into growth sometimes, simply by irritating the follicles. Chemicals such as Diphencyprone (DPCP) or Squaric acid Dibutyl ester (SADBE) are applied to the scalp. About 40% of patients treated with topical Immunotherapy will regrow scalp hair after about six months of treatment. Treatment must be continued in order to maintain the hair, or until the disease has run it’s course. Unfortunately, these treatments are not widely available in the United States, but are used extensively in Europe and Canada. They are being investigated as possible future treatments.
Since treatments for advanced forms of Alopecia like AU are less effective, a wig may be a good option for you. Believe it or not, there are many companies which offer undetectable wigs for these uses, as well as for chemotherapy patients. Make sure your provider is willing to cut, thin, and style the wig often for you, and provides sufficient adhesive for your more active days. Some wigs come with suction caps which attach directly to the wig. They’re a little more expensive, but are worth the investment.
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