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Contact Immunotherapy for Hair Loss
Alopecia areata is hair loss caused when the immune system attacks hair follicles, where hair growth begins. Contact immunotherapy may be the most effective treatment for severe alopecia areata.1 A common medicine used is diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP).
DPCP, a liquid, is "painted" on the scalp once a week. The concentration of the solution is increased at each treatment session until a mild allergic reaction occurs. Hair growth may appear within 3 months of beginning treatment.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Last Revised||May 29, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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