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    Has anyone been recommended corticosteriods to treat their alopecia?

    Has anyone been recommended corticosteriods to treat their alopecia? Has the treatment been effective?
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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Rodney Sinclair is Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Epworth Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Corticosteroids are the most effecticve treatment avaiable for alopeca. They can be used as creams, injections or tablets. While they do not work for every patient, they are the best thing we have at the moment.

    For a detailed analysis of the treatment of alopecia areata, read:
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781444300161.ch52/summary

    Rod Sinclair
    Professor of Dermatology
    Epworth Hospital

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    Paul Busuttil

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    With over 24 years experience as a counselling psychotherapist, Paul Busuttil has the skills and expertise to competently provide the most proficient and compassionate services … View Profile

    I am assumung we are talking about a female with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)

    I am not a skin specialist, my application to AGA as a counselling therapist, is to get to the cause. In otherwords; why is there an over production of Androgens that cause this? I find this a good starting point. Often we focus on the treatment, where as the goal should be to detirmine the underlying cause. Mannaging this condition thoroughly from an emotonal perspective is more likely to produce lasting results; that way referals to specialsts is managed and progressive. Anxiety and fear can be a factor that can cause an overproduction of Androgens produced either by the ovaries or adrenal glands. The body has a finely tuned thermostatice state in order to keep a functional balance; if this balance is disrupted over a period, then ones emotional state may well be a contribution; on the other hand if there is a physiological deficiency as well this the cause needs to be attended to at the same time.

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