I ordered a 3mo supply of minoxidil for women after noticing sudden patchy hair loss. The instructions say NOT to use it for hairloss in patches. Why? Is it harmful, or will it simply not work? The patches are growing... and I want to get a head start on this!
I would say no harm in trying though the mechanism of action of minoxidil isn't determined as if yet and plenty of theories exist the clinical trials showed the efficacy in alopecia androgens which doesn't necessarily mean that it is inappropriate to use it in other patterns. Please give it a go and let me know if u get some results.. Cheers
In general, the first line or top treatments for patches of alopecia areata (based on scientific studies) are steroid injections and topical steroids
Minoxidil however does help. It is considered by many experts as a treatment to be used together with steroids (and even other treatments)
For the classic or "well accepted" study of minoxidil benefits in alopecia areata readers are directed to the study below by Dr Vera Price.
Jeff Donovan MD PhD
Price VH. Topical minoxidil (3%) in extensive alopecia areata, including long term efficacy.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987 Mar;16(3 Pt 2):737-44.
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