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Anthralin (Drithocreme) for hair loss?

Discussion in 'Women's Alopecia Areata' started by Sad In Oregon, May 7, 2006.

  1. I do not believe I have Alopecia Areata but ran accross this and thought I would share with my Alopecia Areata buddies. This is an acne medication but can help when applied topically on the scalp, ointment or cream form. Anyone tried it? Not sure if it has side effects. Not sure if it can work for other types of alopecia patients. I wonder if it works like retin A and if it is as aggravating to the skin as I hear retin A can be and not sure how well retin A works? Not sure what property makes it work either, anyone know?

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/drug ... 02048.html

    http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00278.html

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-l ... DSECTION=4

    http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/7521/2
    (in this link someone talks about having used it with success)
     
  2. Joann

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    ((((Hi Sad,))))

    Thanks for sharing this info with everyone. :) I have used anthralin in the past to treat my Alopecia Areata. I used it in combination with another ointment containing cortisone (Topicort Gel). It did nothing for me but apparently when it is successful you see new hair growth within 8 to 12 weeks.

    It does irritate the scalp. Most treatments prescribed for Alopecia Areata work in this way to alter the immune system so it is diverted from attcking the hair follicles and the hair can grow.

    There is no cure to keep the Alopecia Areata in prolonged remission though so even when a treatment works any regrowth can be lost again if the Alopecia Areata is not in remission. This is what happened to me with my last bout of Alopecia Areata.

    Alopecia Areata is totally different from TE and Androgenetic Alopecia so I'm not sure if treatments used for Alopecia Areata would work for those types of hairloss.

    Thanks again Sad. Hugs Joann
     
  3. Guest

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    ((((Hi Joann!))))

    Thank you for your response Joanne! Have you tried azaleic acid (I know that it misspelled) ? I bet you have you know everything about Alopecia Areata. I was going to try it but heard it was for Alopecia Areata. I assume you tried Retin A too then. I would further assume it too is for Alopecia Areata only. So with a weakened immune system you are more susceptible to disease or does the immune system stop once it has attacked the hair follicles? How did you develop Alopecia Areata and at what age? I apologize in advance for my ignorance. I am still learning all this. You are such a sweet, lovely, beautiful lady. Why don’t people like you live near me?!?!!?!?
     
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  5. Joann

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    Hi Sad :)

    I have never tried the acid or Retin A for my Alopecia Areata. I have never heard of them being used for Alopecia Areata in the support groups where I have been a member now for about 2 years.

    Most people with Alopecia Areata are quite healthy. In Alopecia Areata your immune system is in overdrive. Many do not even get colds. With some if their hair starts to grow back they start getting sick.

    Some of us with Alopecia Areata also have other autoimmune conditions. I have two others: hypothyroidism and Sjogren's syndrome. Still others have eczema and allergies or have family members who do.

    There seems to be different triggers for people who get Alopecia Areata. Stress, car accident, vacinations, pregnancy & illness . I feel that we must all have some genetic predisposition to Alopecia Areata and then whatever out trigger is sets it off.

    I had my first bout of Alopecia Areata at 4 but had many years when it was in remission too. Here is a link to my journey with Alopecia Areata:

    http://www.heralopecia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2528

    Thanks for all your kind words Sad. Take care. Hugs Joann
     

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