Question: Can you treat Alopecia Areata with anti-histamines? I read that anti-histamines called fexofenadine are used in Japan to treat alopecia areata but my dermatologist didn’t know anything about it.
Answer: Hi, Pete. The use of the anti-histamine fexofenadine for Alopecia Areata is not widespread in the UK as far as we are aware, certainly not as a primary treatment option.
A 2009 clinical trial carried out by the Department of Regenerative Dermatology at Osaka University in Japan found that fexofenadine may be beneficial as an adjunct to topical immunotherapy for alopecia areata, however it was not advised as a treatment in its own right.
Immunotherapy is just one of a number of Alopecia Areata treatment options. Here at Belgravia we often see promising regrowth in clients with the signature patchy hair loss associated with this type of alopecia, through the use of high strength minoxidil. This is a topical hair loss treatment which is applied directly to the affected areas daily and can help to stimulate the hair follicles back into action and can be used at home, in contrast to immunotherapy which generally takes place in a hospital or dermatologists’ office.
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