Question: I have a problem with my son. 4 years ago he had alopecia universalis. My son didn’t suffer before from nothing. In the first moment that happened this he had high leucocitose (11), euzinofili and deficiencies of vitamin D. One year after his alopecia I made a cure with prednisolon 10 mg in the day, 5 mg methotrexat in a week and 5 mg folsan. The hair turned totally back for 3 months. When we decided to reduce the amount of this cure, it restarted the same situation. One year after we decided to remake another time the same cure. It was the same situation. May I hope in miracle?
Answer: Hi, Ann. The type of hair loss you say your young son is affected by is autoimmune in nature. It is an enigmatic condition which can come and go of its own accord, though if or when the sudden hair fall or spontaneous regrowth will occur is unable to be predicted.
Affecting the whole body from head to toe, Alopecia Universalis is the most severe form of a group of autoimmune hair loss conditions known as Alopecia Areata. Whilst there are effective alopecia areata treatment options available to those aged 16 years and over with the patchy, scalp-only form of this condition, there is currently no truly compelling treatment for alopecia universalis.
We do not treat Alopecia Universalis here at Belgravia for this very reason. We also do not treat hair loss in children who are under 16 years of age.
Various studies have linked vitamin D to alopecia areata although there is no conclusive, overwhelming evidence yet to prove these links yet, especially when it comes to children.
We would advise you to discuss these concerns plus any dietary changes, or home remedies you are trying or wish to try, with your son’s doctor first. It is highly inadvisable and dangerous to make your own ‘cure’ using medications so we do strongly suggest you take this approach to ensure your son’s safety and well-being. Hair loss charities such as Alopecia UK can also provide additional assistance and information, including peer support.
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