New Potential Treatment – Narrowband UV-B for Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)

New Potential Treatment – Narrowband UV-B for Lichen Planopilaris (LPP) Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is one of the most common scarring hair loss conditions, which is characterized by inflammation and scarring change of hair follicles under microscope. Phototherapy using particular wavelength of light (narrow band ultraviolet B therapy, NBUVB) has been successfully used for many inflammatory [...]

2022-08-24T11:46:39-04:00August 19th, 2022|Categories: Medical Articles|

Medical Treatment Options for Hair Loss: Differences and Similarities in Common Medications Used for Cicatricial (Scarring) Alopecia

Medical Treatment Options for Hair Loss: Differences and Similarities in Common Medications Used for Cicatricial (Scarring) Alopecia Jennifer A. Wintringham Cicatricial (scarring) hair loss has a variety of different treatment options which can be overwhelming to patients. In general, all these medications are used to reduce or halt the progression of hair loss, control [...]

2021-09-28T11:20:02-04:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: Medical Articles|

Aloe Vera, Castor Oil and Coconut Oil on the scalp of those with Cicatricial Alopecia. Help or Hindrance?

Aloe Vera, Castor Oil and Coconut Oil on the scalp of those with Cicatricial Alopecia. Help or Hindrance? By Sherifat A. Ademola MD Candidate, Class of 2022 Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Reviewed by Lynne Goldberg, MD Is it safe to use aloe vera, castor oil, and coconut oil on your scalp? I [...]

2021-09-28T11:52:30-04:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: Medical Articles|

Common Ingredients in Shampoos and Conditioners Can Make Inflammation Worse in Lichen Planopilaris (LPP) and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA)

Common Ingredients in Shampoos and Conditioners Can Make Inflammation Worse in Lichen Planopilaris (LPP) and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) By James Pathoulas, Kelly Flanagan, and Dr. Maryanne Senna An allergen is a substance that causes an inflammatory reaction when it contacts the body. Signs of an inflammatory reaction on the scalp include redness, itching, and dandruff-like [...]

2021-04-14T17:53:28-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Medical Articles, Support|

A Closer Look at Scarring Alopecia According to Age

The group of hair loss conditions known as the “scarring alopecias” are less common overall than the non-scarring alopecias. Scarring alopecias include conditions such as lichen planopilaris (LPP), discoid lupus (DLE), frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA), folliculitis decalvans (FD), central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) and dissecting cellulitis (DSC). This diagram shows the typical age ranges that patients [...]

2020-03-04T01:06:24-05:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Medical Articles|

A Closer Look at the Location of Inflammation in Folliculitis Decalvans vs Dissecting Cellulitis

When it comes to differentiating between FD and DSC, it’s all about location, location, location. Folliculitis decalvans (FD) and dissecting cellulitis (DSC) are both types of scarring alopecias, classified as subtypes of ‘neutrophilic’ scarring alopecia. Although they are classified as ‘neutrophilic’ scarring alopecia, biopsies of these two conditions show a mixture of neutrophils, lymphocytes, histiocytes and [...]

2020-03-04T01:01:59-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Medical Articles|

Is Immunotherapy (DPCP, SADBE) Effective for Lichen Planopilaris or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia ?

Immunotherapy (DPCP, SADBE) Does NOT Help Scarring Alopecia Diphencyprone (DPCP) and Squaric Acid Dibutyl Ester (SADBE) are long standing treatments for the autoimmune hair loss condition alopecia areata. The cause itching and burning in the scalp and essentially trigger an allergic contact dermatitis. The inflammation that these chemicals create can trigger hair growth in some patients [...]

2020-03-04T00:58:42-05:00April 25th, 2020|Categories: Medical Articles|

A Closer Look at the Typical Course of Treating Lichen Planopilaris

Lichen planopilaris is a scarring alopecia. Treatments are largely focused on reducing inflammation in hopes that by doing so the disease can be stopped. In the present day, there are many aspects of LPP that are difficult to predict. We know to some degree which treatments are better than others. We know the proportion of patients [...]

2020-03-04T00:53:45-05:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Medical Articles|

Does bacteria have a role in Lupus?

For the past decade, bacteria have increasingly been proposed to play a role in the autoimmune disease known as lupus. Specifically, research has shown that biofilms containing bacteria are potential triggers of this serious disease. A new fascinating study raises the possibility that bacteria that are commonly found on humans could trigger some of the auto-antibodies [...]

2020-03-04T00:51:20-05:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Medical Articles|
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