Hey everyone. I recently (last year this time) lost all my hair to Alopecia Areata. After two Kenalog intramuscular injections, it all grew back. Now, a year later, I have three small bald spots and a little bit of shedding.

Today I went in to my derm and got another intramuscular Kenalog shot. My derm is really not informative and seems to really dismiss this disease and is unable to answer or atleast address most of my questions.

I am aware that the intramuscular corticosteroid shots are NOT a long term form of treatment. But since it grows my hair back I wish I could continue to use this. Everywhere online says these should be last resort treatment and taken along with something else to maintain the growth.

Is there something I could be taking every day to help promote hair growth/ stop inflammation instead of relying on solely these intramuscular shots which can have some pretty negative side effects?

Thanks in advance!

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I would keep up what worked.  The injections are considered first or second line of care and The Kenlog injections are “ intralesional“

Hey love, thanks for replying. I am currently getting the Kenalog shots in my hip. They are working but i’m worried  about the long term effects of this. 

Ask about cortisone shots in the hip (can sffect your periods, though) and prednisone pills (brittle bones resulting?).

We all know the long term use of corticoid steroids can be harsh.

However, since you had good results with 2 IM injections that's pretty remarkable.( Do you know the dosage you received?)

You might be one of those that respond well to this treatment!

Best of luck!

Be careful and cautious.

Jeff

Hey Jeff! The injection I get is in this hip and is 60 mg of  Triamcinolone Acetonide. 

This sounds promising. Not a huge dose and so for just three injections.

I hope this works for you!!!

Thank you, and thank you for replying! Means a lot. 

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