Has this product shown positive results in curing alopecia areata? I have tried the shots and other creams. Don't really like the idea of using all these chemicals particularly if they don't have a change of improving the situation.
It is important to understand that there is no cure for alopecia areata to date. It is therefore not accurate to use the word cure for alopecia areata. There are treatments that can cause hair to grow. Overall, anthralin (medicine in dirthrocreme) can help 30 % of patients gain a significant improvement in their hair. It does not help everyone. Hair loss can occur once anthralin is stopped and some individuals can regrow with anthralin and then experience loss in the future.
Here are references pertaining to anthralin:
1. Treatment-resistant alopecia areata. Response to combination therapy with minoxidil plus anthralin. Fiedler VC, Wendrow A, Szpunar GJ, Metzler C, DeVillez RL. Arch Dermatol. 1990 Jun;126(6):756-9.
2. Evaluation of anthralin in the treatment of alopecia areata.
Fiedler-Weiss VC, Buys CM. Arch Dermatol. 1987 Nov;123(11):1491-3.
3. Anthralin therapy for alopecia areata. Nelson DA, Spielvogel RL.
Int J Dermatol. 1985 Nov;24(9):606-7.
4. Treatment of alopecia areata by anthralin-induced dermatitis.
Schmoeckel C, Weissmann I, Plewig G, Braun-Falco O. Arch Dermatol. 1979 Oct;115(10):1254-5. N
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