Anthralin/Dithranol

Description
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines Anthralin (and it’s cousin Dithranol) and their uses in treating alopecia like this:

  • Anthralin (Psoriatec)–Anthralin, a synthetic tar-like substance that alters immune function in the affected skin, is an approved treatment for psoriasis. Anthralin is also commonly used to treat alopecia areata. Anthralin is applied for 20 to 60 minutes (“short contact therapy”) to avoid skin irritation, which is not needed for the drug to work. When it works, new hair growth is usually evident in 8 to 12 weeks. Anthralin is often used in combination with other treatments, such as corticosteroid injections or minoxidil, for improved results.

There are differing views on exactly how effective this treatment is for alopecians. If you have experience with this treatment, whether positive or negative, please take a moment to share your review with those who are considering it for themselves or their family member.

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