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kumar.lovely4u
August 20th, 2009, 02:25 PM
Hi every one , i am new to this forum. i am facing hair loss from past 6 years. i have been to famous doctors but all are saying like there is no chance to regrowth the hair whatever i lost.
i have alopacia areta. due to that iam not getting back my hair. Is there any medicine to regrowth my hair back? how to prevent this. still iam loosing my hair because of alopacia areata. please give me your valuable suggetions.

with regards,
Kumar

Aeon F.
August 20th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Have you seen a dermatologist & did they try steroid (cortisone) injections directly into the bald patches?

I had some some hair loss (3-4 large patches), from stress, 2+ yrs ago, and that's what my Dermatologist did and there was immediate growth (literally stubble) within a day or two from the shots. And my bald patches were completely bald- smooth skin, zero hair left. And then, shots- *boom* hair growth.

Now granted, alopacia areata is probably different from stress-induced hair loss... however, my dermatologist had explained to me that the hairloss is usually caused from stress triggering an autoimmune response that makes the body attack its own hair follicles- which is what suppresses or stops hair growth... and I noticed that the wikipedia entry on alopacia areata stated it was an "autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth"

Soo... maybe they might be similar enough that cortisone injections could also work? (If you haven't tried that already). For me it worked wonderfully and I basically have all my hair back.

Other than that- I don't know what else to suggest. I know how frustrating this can be. :grouphug:

Aisha25
August 20th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Have you tried going to ayurvedic doctor?? they can perscribe you some oils to try to help you

kumar.lovely4u
August 20th, 2009, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the reply. i don't know about injunction. where do i get that ? what is the name of that injunction ? how days it will take to cure that ?
i am also having smooth skin with zero hair. right now iam using Ayurvedic medicine . iam waiting for the output of that.

Aisha25
August 20th, 2009, 02:58 PM
Ok it takes a time ok? Its not just going to come next day it took me few months to get my thickness back from before so be patient

kumar.lovely4u
August 20th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Thanks aisha. i will wait and see. where are you from ?

Aisha25
August 20th, 2009, 03:05 PM
No problem I am Indian living in US

kumar.lovely4u
August 20th, 2009, 03:08 PM
oh good. Thanks for your suggestions.

Cherry_Sprinkle
August 20th, 2009, 03:19 PM
I had to see a dermatologist for mine. I have stress induced alopecia areata, and I have had some pretty huge spots, always smooth, but when I went to the dermatologist he gave me a steroid topical cream to rub onto the patches and told me if that didn't work there were injections (which previous posters have mentioned) the cream worked for me. I don't have a tube left to give you the name but it's pretty much the same the other posters have mentioned. I believe I was instructed to apply 2-3 times a day.

Go to a dermatologist not just a regular medical doctor :) HTH :flower:

Aeon F.
August 20th, 2009, 03:25 PM
Thanks for the reply. i don't know about injunction. where do i get that ? what is the name of that injunction ? how days it will take to cure that ?
i am also having smooth skin with zero hair. right now iam using Ayurvedic medicine . iam waiting for the output of that.

Well, I'm in the US (which might make a difference)- and I went to see my Dermatologist- that is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. She was the one who treated me. She first had me go to a hospital to have my blood tested to make sure I didn't have some kind of thyroid problems, that could cause hair loss. My blood tests came back fine- and she decided the hair loss most likely was severe-stress induced, so she prescribed cortisone injections. Those are shots (with a needle) that she injected into my scalp (yes, it was painful) where the bald patches were.

While I saw hair growth immediately- it was still 6 months to a year before it was all back and growing long. It's been 2+ years now and those areas are just starting to reach the same length as the rest of my hair (that didn't fall out).

You need to see a Dermatologist doctor and have them examine you and decide if cortisone injections would work for you. I don't know anything about Ayurvedic medicine, so I can't help there.

Good luck & be paitent!! (I know, it's hard.. :( )

Aeon F.
August 20th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Sorry cherry- I didn't see your post there!

loyaboya
August 20th, 2009, 04:24 PM
I also have alopecia areata and it's such a comfort to find others dealing with it too! Had some bad spots last year that were quite scary :(. I decided to refuse the cortisone shots and have been trying to control it through diet, reduced stress, and ayurvedic oils (thanks to this site!). You guys are an inspiration! Right now they are growing back (very slowly) so we'll see in a year or so if there is much improvement.

Aeon F.
August 20th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Interesting, why did you decide to not do the cortisone shots loyaboya?

Did you try the cortisone cream like Cherry Sprinkles did?

prittykitty
August 20th, 2009, 06:30 PM
I knew a woman who had the same problem. She was a young woman, in her early 20's. Nothing she tried worked. She lost all of her hair and she had very beautiful long hair that was considered big hair at the time. Although she was upset at first, she is doing great now. She has turned to very nice human hair wigs and has a choice of any style she likes. She has accepted that she has alopecia and now goes to beauty colleges and talks to classes about this. She is not afraid to take off her wig and show what alopecia looks like (she still has a few spots with a little hair). I am telling you this just in case you don't get your hair back that there is hope for a happy life.

I truly hope that you will find something that will work and that your hair will grow back. As everyone is telling you, see a dermatologist or even a specialist who works directly with hair growth. With today's technology there must be something out there.

loyaboya
August 20th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Interesting, why did you decide to not do the cortisone shots loyaboya?

Did you try the cortisone cream like Cherry Sprinkles did?

I didn't try the cream either. I did try an oral steroid at one point (don't remember what it was called) but it didn't work. There were two reasons that I didn't want to go further with that. One was that my doctor and dermatologist kept saying that I was healthy and there was nothing really "wrong" with me. But it just didn't make sense to me that a completely healthy person could have their hair fall out in bald patches. I felt like there must be something wrong that they just didn't understand. So I decided to see more of a holistic doctor to see if they could make some sense of it. The second reason is that, to my understanding, the shots could only potentially fix that one spot. But, in theory, I could always get new ones down the road that I'd have to get more shots to fix. So I felt like it was better to find the root of the problem rather than just fix the symptom. So I tried to find "alternative" therapies in the hope that I could stop the problem at the source. That's what I'm trying to do now.

I really don't know if it's working or not. All of my spots are growing back, but they'd do that on their own, eventually, anyway. The only "proof" will be if I don't get anymore. Which I won't know for a long time. I'm lucky because I have very thick hair and can hide my problem. No one knows unless I tell them (not even my husband knew until I told him). But I still didn't want to be haunted by this for years to come.

It's really hard, for a woman, to have a problem like this because for many of us, our hair is our glory. Maybe the problem is stress, and it's such a wake-up call to me to realize that you can have physical problems resulting from an emotional one. We need to take better care of ourselves...

:)

loyaboya
August 20th, 2009, 09:24 PM
I knew a woman who had the same problem. She was a young woman, in her early 20's. Nothing she tried worked. She lost all of her hair and she had very beautiful long hair that was considered big hair at the time. Although she was upset at first, she is doing great now. She has turned to very nice human hair wigs and has a choice of any style she likes. She has accepted that she has alopecia and now goes to beauty colleges and talks to classes about this. She is not afraid to take off her wig and show what alopecia looks like (she still has a few spots with a little hair). I am telling you this just in case you don't get your hair back that there is hope for a happy life.


She must be a really strong person :). That's an amazing story. I cried and cried when I was told I had alopecia, but one I accepted that I had a "condition", I did accept it in more of an empowered way. I've been able to tell my friends and family after hiding it for years. Feels good not to hide a secret anymore.

Question for those of you who had/have it- does your hair grow back with the same texture? Seems like my spots grow peach fuzz, then baby hair, but then I have one spot that's crazy coarse and wiry. Very weird.

plainjanegirl
August 20th, 2009, 11:36 PM
I also have alopecia areata and it's such a comfort to find others dealing with it too! Had some bad spots last year that were quite scary :(. I decided to refuse the cortisone shots and have been trying to control it through diet, reduced stress, and ayurvedic oils (thanks to this site!). You guys are an inspiration! Right now they are growing back (very slowly) so we'll see in a year or so if there is much improvement.


What kind of oils are you using ?

Aditi
August 21st, 2009, 01:26 AM
My mother is going through a huge hair loss problem because of her high dose of medicines, she is right now using Nita Goswami's Hair Tonic oil and Hair Fall reduction capsules, she is using these for a week and we are beginning to see some good result :)

Cherry_Sprinkle
August 21st, 2009, 02:12 AM
Mine were a direct result of my grandfathers death (my grandparens and father raised me so his death was especially tragic) and I was 15, I had 3 large spots, each the size of a golf ball and 1 or 2 the size of marbles.. none of mine grew back without the topical cream and since it was stress induced my dr told me that I could experience bouts of this through out my life and not only on my head but other places as well.. but after about 3 weeks of the cream I noticed growth starting. The first 2 weeks I believe he instructed me to apply 3 times a day and then the 3rd week down to 2 until the spots were full of growth, he also saw me every 14 days during the process.. I don't think I ever used more than half a tube, even for the large spots.

Anyway, thats my story :)

kumar.lovely4u
August 21st, 2009, 03:33 AM
Thanks for the inputs. i will meet the dermatalagist here.

sorraia
August 21st, 2009, 09:22 AM
Kumar-

If it were me I would try to go the natural route. All drugs have side effects that the doctors sometimes fail to tell you about. Be sure and research anything you put on your head and in your body. Steroids are not good for and can wreak havoc in the body.
I think the Ayurvedic route or a good Naturopathic Dr. is the best way to go.
Also check out using onion juice topically to your scalp. Many people have succeeded
with your condition using this old Indian treatment.
http://www.hairloss-reversible.com/discus/messages/7/767.html?1234215096
I wish you the very best.

More info here on the topic: http://www.raysahelian.com/alopecia.html

loyaboya
August 21st, 2009, 12:09 PM
What kind of oils are you using ?

I decided to start with Sesa hair oil based on some recommendations I found on this site. I haven't been using it that long though, so I can't say whether or not it's working. But it smells nice, it's really light (mainly a sesame oil base I think), and it makes me sleep like a ROCK after I rub it on my scalp :sleep: . I also got some for my sister who's been experiencing a lot of shedding lately. So hopefully in a few months I'll have some good results to report from both of us.