According to Australian dermatologists, there’re no non-surgical remedies for alopecia, or hair loss. Experts from The Cochrane Collaboration analyzed 17 trials on various baldness treatments. They ranked highly the effectiveness of phototherapy, immunosuppressant therapy, local vasodilating and hormonal medicines. The researchers claim, that neither of the listed hair loss treatment methods could restore more than the half of the lost hairs.
Creams and Drugs Are Ineffective in Treating Hair Loss
Treatments that were found ineffective include various creams and lotions, which should be applied to scalp (for example, minoxidil), as well as oral steroids. The former is said to be able to cause itching and hair growth in unexpected body areas. The latter might have serious side effects. Moreover, the researchers claim, that there’s no guarantee, that the regrown hairs will still stay after the treatment is finished.
What Causes Alopecia
But there’s no need to give up, as those suffering from alopecia may sometimes cure their hair loss spontaneously. The researches conducted before show, that hair fall can be caused by immunologic disorders, chronic stresses, pregnancy, menopause, chemotherapy and so on. You can read about the causes of alopecia in article “Pregnancy, Stresses and Menopause Lead to Hair Loss” more detailed.
Managing Stress Helps Cure Hair Loss
It’s also significant, that none of the 17 studies analyzed by The Cochrane Collaboration dermatologists asked their participants to feed back about their hair growth and if their life changed for the better after the treatment. So, the claimed ineffectiveness of the drugs and creams preventing hair fall may be due to the lack of information. Anyway, alopecia is a condition affecting 0,15% of population and is in many cases caused by stresses. Knowing how to manage stress, making your life calmer along with medical treatment of alopecia can reduce or even stop hair loss.