Treatment of alopecia areata with DCP and triamcinolone
Alopecia areata is a chronic inflammation of the hair follicles. Its symptoms are clumped hair loss, which causes bald patches. The underlying causes of the disease are still not fully explored, but you can get the disease at almost any age.
DCP, or diphenylcyclopropenone, is a type of contact allergen that causes skin irritation at the site of application. An allergic reaction appears, i.e. redness, swelling and itching. The immune system detects the allergen and sends white blood cells towards it. They fight the inflammation caused by the given substance and at the same time stimulate the hair follicles.
Thanks to this, the hair stops falling out. Triamcinolone, which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and alleviates allergy symptoms, is also a frequently used therapy in the case of single foci of alopecia areata.
Treatment of alopecia areata in Poland, is it worth it?
If your problem is alopecia areata due to:
- disease, eg Hashimoto’s disease, lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, vitiligo
then DCP or triamcinolone therapy is right for you! Our clinic also offers a different, special and effective method of treating alopecia areata, which, with the appropriate qualification of the patient, guarantees hair regrowth after 4-6 treatments. Ask your doctor about it at your next visit.
Topical application of DCP to the scalp may cause symptoms of redness, swelling and severe itching. It is still a more effective and safer method than orally administered steroids (tramcinolone, prednisone, polocortolone), which have a strong effect on the hormonal balance of your body.
According to recent studies, the efficacy of topical DCP administration has been estimated to be around 80-90% in the treatment of alopecia areata. However, there are cases when treatment does not bring the desired results because alopecia areata is extremely aggressive. Then only oral treatment is able to stop hair loss. However, there are also cases that are resistant to all forms of treatment and hair regrowth is not possible.
In the case of therapy with oral steroids, the most common effects in the form of hair thickening are visible only during therapy. Unfortunately, after discontinuation of medications, the problem of alopecia may return, so treatment requires a long time. In addition, you must remember that hormone therapy affects the functioning of almost the entire body, which is why it requires constant medical supervision and checkups.
Alopecia areata is a serious problem that requires long and consistent treatment. However, if you choose therapy, there’s a good chance your hair will thicken again.