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“Can You Suggest a Treatment for Alopecia Universalis?’


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Name: Subhasish

Question: I am suffering frm AU since last 10 years n i have never lost more than 50% of my total hair. now since last one year my patch size has been reduced automatically and new patches come in a longer interval . i have lost my eyebrows and beard also. Can you suggest me what kind of treatment should i undergo.

Areas of the Head and Body Affected By Alopecia Areata

Areas of the Head and Body Affected By Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis

Answer: Hi, Subhasish. If you were diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis (AU) yet still retained 50 per cent of your hair we would question whether this was the correct diagnosis.

AU causes complete hair loss from head to toe leaving you with no hair whatsoever so it is likely that this is a form of Alopecia Areata (AA).

We would need more information as to where the bald patches are occurring in order to give you a more efficient answer but as you mention that you lost your eyebrows and beard, this suggests it could be Alopecia Totalis. This affects the head, rather than just the scalp (AA) or the whole body (AU).

Unfortunately at present the options in terms of treatment for Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis are both limited and largely ineffective. We do not treat either at Belgravia at present.

Research into potential regrowth-inducing medications for these autoimmune conditions has come on in leaps and bounds recently but still has a long way to go before it becomes available to prescribe. You can find out more about the clinical trials into JAK inhibitors and other types of novel treatments for AT and AU on the Alopecia section of our blog which is constantly updated so do keep checking back for the latest information as to how these trials are progressing.

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