Frontal fibrosing alopecia
Other Names for this Disease
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Unfortunately, there is no proven cure for frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA). However, because hair loss in frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) 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. One study of 36 individuals with FFA found a significant reduction in symptoms after six months of hydroxychloroquine treatment; however, they found minimal benefit to continuing hydroxychloroquine treatment after six months. Researchers continue to question whether or not treatment is effective, or if hair loss in FFA stops naturally.
Last updated: 4/9/2012
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- 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.