Alopecia areata: What to expect from current treatments
Nicole C. Dombrowski, DO
Internal Medicine Center, Akron City Hospital, Summa Health System, Akron, OH
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD
Head, Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Address: Nicole C. Dombrowski, DO, Internal Medicine Center, Akron City Hospital, 55 Arch Street, Suite 1B, Akron, OH 44304
ABSTRACTAlopecia areata is relatively benign and often resolves on its own, although its psychosocial impact on children and young adults can be severe. Some form of treatment is usually required. Because current treatments may not show results for 3 to 6 months, reassuring the patient and the parents and informing them about the results that can be expected are an essential part of management. The choice of treatment depends on the patient's age and the extent of alopecia activity.