Alopecia areata: a new treatment plan
Department of Dermatology, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: Many therapeutic modalities have been used to treat alopecia areata, with variable efficacy and safety profiles. Unfortunately, none of these agents is curative or preventive. Also, many of these therapeutic agents have not been subjected to randomized, controlled trials, and, except for topical immunotherapy, there are few published studies on long-term outcomes. The treatment plan is designed according to the patient's age and extent of disease. In this paper, the therapeutic agents are organized according to their efficacy and safety profiles into first-line, second-line, and third-line options.
Keywords: alopecia areata, corticosteroids, immunotherapy, intralesional, phototherapy, sulfasalazine
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