Alopecia

How are Scarring and Non-Scarring Hair Loss Different?

Hair loss is all too common a concern. For men and women alike, hair loss can be an indication of a health problem, a side effect of a medical treatment or medication, or something we consider genetically programmed and part of the natural aging process. Regardless of the reasons, hair loss is much more than an aesthetic concern. As such, there Continue reading

How Does Rogaine/Minoxidil Work For Hair Loss?

Men and women alike can suffer from the distressing effects of hair loss, from thinning of the hair to pattern baldness. “Several causes for hair loss exist,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. This includes androgenetic alopecia, a heritable form of thinning that often affects people around age 40, and alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that Continue reading

Top 3 Treatments for Male Pattern Baldness

Known by its medical name, androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is one of the more common forms of alopecia that affect most men at some point in their life. The United States National Library of Medicine notes that about half of all men will have some manifestation of male pattern baldness by the time they are 50 years old. There Continue reading

What is Alopecia Areata and How Is It Treated?

Hair loss, no matter what the cause, is often associated with self-consciousness and significant distress. One type of hair loss that effects many American men and women is an autoimmune disorder known as alopecia areata, which entails losing hair unpredictably. Alopecia areata is the result of the immune system attacking cells in the hair follicles, which are the structures housing the Continue reading

Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

Widening Parts “Hair loss is an emotional subject for many of my patients,” states Emily Johnston, dermatology certified-physician assistant in Austin, Texas.  A large part of determining the cause of hair loss is obtaining a good history.  “It is helpful to discuss past medical problems, family history, and any major life changes,” says Emily. “Each of these can have a Continue reading

Eczema and Vitiligo Patients Wonder: Is Xeljanz a new treatment option for us?

Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate), made by Pfizer, Inc., belongs to a class of drugs known as kinase inhibitors. The drug works by blocking the substances in your body that cause inflammation. Xeljanz has been show to provide relief to moderate to severe sufferers of the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. The results of a small case study has patients asking: is Xeljanz Continue reading

What are Intralesional Steroid Injections Used For?

What is an intralesional steroid injection? “Intralesional Steroid Injections, or Intralesional Kenalog is a common treatment used in dermatology” notes Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist in Austin, TX. “The goal of these injections is to reduce the inflammation within the skin, as well as improving the appearance,” Dr. Mamelak states. These injections use corticosteroids, which can vary in concentration and Continue reading

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