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Frontal fibrosing alopecia


Other Names for this Disease

  • FFA
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Treatment

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How might frontal fibrosing alopecia be treated?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA).[1] Because the hair loss associated with this condition is thought to be caused by inflammation of hair follicles, treatment often involves using anti-inflammatory medications or ointments, such as corticosteroids or hydroxychloroquine (brand name Plaquenil), to reduce inflammation and suppress the body's immune system.[2] Medications that block the production of the male hormone 5-alpha reductase have been reported to stop further hair loss in some women.[1] Researchers continue to question whether treatment is effective or if hair loss in FFA just stops naturally.[3]
Last updated: 1/20/2015

References
  1. Frontal fibrosing alopecia. DermNet NZ. January 2015; http://dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/frontal-fibrosing-alopecia.html.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions. Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation. September 2011; http://www.carfintl.org/faq.php. Accessed 8/9/2013.
  3. Tan KT, Messenger AG. Frontal fibrosing alopecia: clinical presentations and prognosis. British Journal of Dermatology. 2009; 160:75-79. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18811690. Accessed 4/9/2012.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Frontal fibrosing alopecia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • FFA
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.