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‘Can Minoxidil Help for Alopecia Areata?’

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Name: Sarah

Question: My sister has been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, her hair has been falling out for a few months now and the patches are appearing all over her head at regular intervals, the two most recent right at the front of her hair which is making it now increasingly difficult for her to hide, yesterday she wore a cap to work for the first time.

Minoxidil DropperUnderstandably, she is in pieces since the diagnosis, and i feel totally helpless as I can’t help her. She has been to see a homeopathic doctor and is currently taking tablets that he prescribed for her along with some form of medication in powder form. The course of tablets are coming to an end, and she has not seen any improvement, the hair is still falling out. I don’t know what the tablets are, and neither does she.

Can you tell me a bit more about Minoxidil? Could this be in the tablets she is taking? She has been told of Steroid injections but is understandably dubious. Please help!

Answer: Alopecia areata can be a very shocking condition as its onset can be very rapid. Depending on the severity of the condition it is however treatable.

The tablets your sister is taking are not minoxidil as minoxidil is not available in tablet form for hair loss and it’s not  homeopathic. There are no homeopathic options that I am aware of that have shown evidence  of reversing Alopecia Areata.

At Belgravia we have found high strength minoxidil to be effective in many cases for mild Alopecia or Alopecia in its early stages. Minoxidil is clinically-proven to regrow hair in cases of genetic hairloss, however, many specialists believe it can also be effective for other hair loss conditions.

Steroids are another option but are fairly invasive and can cause pain – something which is not the case with minoxidil. There are many photographic examples of people before and after starting their Belgravia treatment for Alopecia Areata in our Success Stories gallery.

It would be advisable for your sister to arrange a consultation (which is free) to speak to one of our hair specialists so that we can carry out an examination to determine the most suitable course of action and discuss the likely results. In order to arrange a consultation please call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre.

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19th September, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Kenza Stucki

My hair is very thin and we can see the scalp. 3 doctors told me that nothing can be done. I come very often to London and I'm very interested to come to see you.

21st September, 2009 at 8:49 am


Hi Kenza Thankyou for your comment. We would be delighted to offer you a free consultation with a hair loss specialist at our London clinic. Once we have diagnosed the condition, it might be possible to recommend a course of proven HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS to stabilise the hair loss and promote re-growth. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or MESSAGE THE CENTRE. You can also complete the ONLINE DIAGNOSTIC FORM and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you soon.

28th October, 2014 at 5:11 pm

nikko quinan

I have alopecia too... i have this 2 years ago... i dont know what will i do...even my eyebrows begin to loss...

28th October, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hello Nikko,

If you are losing your eyebrows too, this may be Alopecia Totalis which affects the hair on the head, including the eyebrows and eyelashes as well as the scalp. We would recommend you speak to your doctor about getting a professional, up-to-date diagnosis. There are a number of potential treatments for Alopecia Totalis currently in clinical trials and we will bring you updates on this on our blog as soon as the findings are released.

16th August, 2018 at 11:33 am

Kim Sue Dawson

Hello my stepdaughter has alopecia areata and we have had shots,liquid put on and now they want us to start using rogaine..im a hairdresser for years and with shots and putting liquid on seems like we are taking 2 steps forward 5 steps back her stress has got worse..i don't think being a hairdresser that rogaine is a good option because what i know is you have to stay on it and don't think it will help bold spots will you please help me

16th August, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kim, Rogaine is a brand name of minoxidil which has been used to successfully treat Alopecia Areata but it is necessary to get the correct formulation for your stepdaughter. If your stepdaughter is aged 16 or over, please have her complete our online consultation form and one of our specialists will be in touch with treatment recommendations. If she is under 16, it is best to speak with a doctor or dermatologist for advice.

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