Anthralin is a mild topical irritant used for Alopecia Areata treatment. In comparison with other presently available topical treatments, Anthralin is a thick tar-like, synthetic substance that is generally regarded as a reasonable healing approach for severe alopecia areata. This topical irritant is directly applied to the scalp and other hairless areas to help stimulate hair growth.
There are several alopecia areata treatment options available, but the results are variable. Alopecia areata is most likely an autoimmune disease, and it causes patchy hair loss, particularly on the scalp. In comparison to baldness, in the case of alopecia areata there is a good possibility to regain lost hair. The fundamental causes are believed to include hormonal, genetic, chemicals, drugs and stress related factors, though the exact cause is still unknown.
Based on the severity of this skin condition, there are many proven alopecia areata treatment options, and each one has its own effectiveness and side effects. No completely effective treatments have been identified and in most cases, physicians will recommend a combination of treatment methods and drugs to add to the success rate. The length of treatment depends on factors such as the areas affected, extent, size, underlying cause and associated diseases. Alopecia areata treatment options include medications like corticosteroids, cyclosporine, Anthralin, Topical Minoxidil and Psoralen plus UVA light therapy.
Topical Anthralin Treatment for Alopecia Areata
Doctors will usually advise patients to apply Anthralin cream or ointment to the skin once daily for around 45 to 60 minutes, so as to promote hair regrowth in about 8 to 12 weeks. Anthralin is meant for external use only, and should be applied as directed by a specialist doctor. To prevent the possibility of discoloration and staining of the treated areas, the treatment duration is limited to no more than one hour. Proper attention should be taken to avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
Anthralin is often applied in combination with other treatment alternatives, such as corticosteroid injections or Minoxidil for better results.