Hair Loss in WomenCortisone is steroid scalp injections for hair growth anti-inflammatory medication which helps reduce inflammation. Cortisone injections are an important part of the treatment for many types of hair loss. The concentration of medication varies as well but generally ranges from mg per mL. For example, a small quarter-sized area of alopecia areata may be treated with 4 injections and a full difference between proviron and nolvadex may be saclp with injections. Steroiid pills, by far, have the most potential side effects. This last point can't be stated enough. This is a temporary indentation and goes away over time.
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Generously supported by the British Association of Dermatologists. Site by Jellymould Creative with C4 Multimedia. I felt compelled to write something somewhere about my experience of alopecia and steroid injections.
I first noticed that I had alopecia when a friend of mine spotted a small patch on my head when I was taking clothes out of the tumble dryer. At that time the first bald patch was about the size of a penny. I sort of buried my head in the sand, hoping it would go away on its own, and I avoided the doctors office thinking that they would just tell me to wait it out. Being 24 and a very sociable person; my hair has always been my pride and joy.
I loved going to the salon and seeing everyone there that I knew and my hairdresser who had become my friend after going to her for 6 years. Another 4 Weeks later and it had grown by another inch and my hairdresser advised that it wouldn't be possible to cover it if I left it any longer. I went to my GPs and immediately was referred to my local hospital although it was 3 months before my first appointment. I called every say for a week to check for any cancellations and on the 6th say I was told that there was an appointment the Next day so keep trying and booked that.
I went to my first appointment which was another consultation but with a dermatology consultant who prescribed me steroid injections I had to wait a month for the first treatment. I thought that there would be no way that I could cover the bald spot for that long but, through painstaking hair placement and copious amounts of hairspray, I managed.
I had my injections, which aren't actually a needle but they are in a pen which looks like an insulin pen without the stabbing needle, and they were relatively painless. Although I was told that some people liken the feeling to being flicked with an elastic band. I noticed in about 3 Weeks time after my second lot of injections; I was prescribed 8 treatments, 2 Weeks apart that I had very fine, baby-like hairs that were covering the bald area.
Now, I have dark brown hair in all of the area and, although not as thick as the rest of my hair, I would be confident to go out without covering my hair with hairspray as it looks as though my hair is thinning. I have one more appointment left to attend however I have not needed treatment Goethe last 3 appointments due to the rate of hair growth.
I know that other people have had different experiences with steroid injections however I eNter to share my experience with others on this site to hopefully help with any worries that people may have. I have before and after pictures but I'm writing this on my phone I can't see a way of playing them and they aren't hosted on any website.
I wish everyone the best success with their treatments should you decide to take them. My situation is very similar to yours, I'm 25 and was diagnosed with AA in Sept Luckily my hair was in a bob and I managed to grow it long enough to tie it back just in time to hide the big bald patch on the back of my head. I hate tying my hair up though as I don't think it suits me, so I've just purchased some DermMatch and tried it yesterday.
It's amazing, it colours your patch so even if it is visible, its not noticable at all. I had my hair down for the first time in a while and felt really good. Although you're hair has started to grow back congrats by the way , Derm Match may help you as it will make your patches look really thick. They can be a quick fix but as a new study shows they may also lead to slower healing. Nic - hows the treatment going? My bald patch is almost gone now. I only had a few injections and the remainder of my appointments were really just like check ups.
I havent had any of the skin depression although I was told that it may occur. Most of the regrowth is now dark brown and back to normal but there is a small amount which is still white and fine. In a way I hope it stays like that as it is an interesting talking point and also a reminder of what I've been through which has definitely been a character building experience. I must admit I used to be quite vain but having alopecia really opened my eyes to it. Yes Jakkii11 it would be interesting to read about that study.
I find the injections rather painful but I'm more than happy to put up with it as it seems to be working for me. Had my third course of injections today and I've had some regrowth, although the main bald patch is getting bigger - if that doesn't sound like a total contradiction! The consultant always comments on how brave I am as I don't say anything or react to the pain but it really does hurt!
I just don't want to sit there complaining or saying ouch! I'd recommend this treatment to anyone with alopecia areata. I am pleased to hear that you are having some regrowth. I hear that is one of the least painful areas. I am happy to say that have not had any further hair loss in patches and even the small patches I had in my beard have eventually gone.
I've been a bit absent on here I'm afraid, but I can report that the big bald patch at the back of my head has fully disappeared after one course of steroid injections! The hair grew back fully pigmented and is now probably longer than 2 inches: I can wear my hair down without having to worry about it's visibility. Unfortunately after my grandad passing away in April I have a new smaller patch on the top of my head, I had to move parting in order to hide it. I've had my 1st course of injections and it looks like this one is going to be stubborn than the last as there's no sign of regrowth yet.
Going through this experience has definitely strengthened my character and I'm not fussed by the patch at all. I'm quite content with how things are in my life and don't worry about bald patches, what will be, will be: Sorry to hear about your Grandad Nic.
It's good news about your initial patch though. I know what you mean about your character - it has definitely made me less likely to worry about the small things but at the time, having the bald patches seemed like the very worst thing in the world.
Very best of luck with your current treatment. You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot create polls in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum. This discussion forum has been designed to allow you to connect with others, relieve feelings of isolation, share experiences, chat about day-to-day challenges and learn more about alopecia on a peer-to-peer support level.
South Wales uk Status: Post deleted by user. Hi Everyone I've been a bit absent on here I'm afraid, but I can report that the big bald patch at the back of my head has fully disappeared after one course of steroid injections!
Hope everyone is well Nic xx. Forum Permissions You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot create polls in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum.
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