Hello. I have been diagnosed with alopecia areata. I have only had it for about a month and have many patches all over my head. I was just put on prednisone for 24 days and a topical cream. I was hop…

Hello. I have been diagnosed with alopecia areata. I have only had it for about a month and have many patches all over my head. I was just put on prednisone for 24 days and a topical cream. I was hoping someone here has had experience with prednisone and if it did any good. Also, if you have many patches, at what point do you know if you might lose eybrows or go totally bald? I am in need of support, This is just happening so fast. Thanks. 

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Comment by Sam on January 1, 2018 at 10:10pm

Hi Sam,

i'm sorry you are going through this. My experience with Prednisone was that it helped temporarily regrow some hair, but the hair fell out after it was stopped.  It can't be taken long term due to side-effects, so it was a dead end for me.  

Here is a previous discussion on prednisone:

http://www.alopeciaworld.com/forum/topics/prednisone-1

Alopecia is so unpredictable that you never know how it will progress.  For some people, it is temporary and the hair grows back and for others it progresses to no scalp or body hair.  There are new medicines that are currently being tested such as JAK inhibitors, and I'm hopeful that there will be better treatments in the next few years.

-Sam

Comment by Sam on January 2, 2018 at 9:25pm

Thanks for the response. So far the prednisone has had little to no good results. It is hard to tell really.  They want to put me on a strong drug used for mostly cancer. I am not sure if it would be worth it. 

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