I have alopecia totalis. Doctor is giving me steroid injections in my lower back once a month. Is this treatment okay?
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Steroids for hair loss
Sounds like your hair has returned with the treatment that was offered. In addition, steroids can be injected on the scalp or topical creams. Steroids have their own side effects and your doctor should review them with you before administration.
Safety of Using steroid injections for Alopecia Totalis?
Alopecia Totalis is a type of Alpecia Areata.One of the treatments for this condition is corticosteroid which can be delivered topically, intradermally, intravascular and intramuscularly. The fact that your hair has already grown back means that it has been an effective treatment. There are some risk that go alone with the benefits. Please discuss the pro and cons of steroid use with your physician.
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD
Steroid Treatment for Alopecia Totalis--See an Expert--
Intramuscular steroid injects can be a treatment for alopecia totalis. There are potential side effects and you must carefully review those risks with your doctor. Best, Dr. Emer
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Intramuscular steroid injections
It depends what you mean. If the injections are going intramuscular, yes that is a treatment. No, not all treatments for alopecia areata are in the scalp.
Sometimes steroids are put in the scalp, sometimes taken by mouth, sometimes injected into veins, sometimes into the muscle. These are all treatments for alopecia areata.
I can't say based on your information if you are getting intramuscular injections. There are potential side effects for anything and you must carefully review the risks and benefits with your doctor.
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