NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Hair loss can be a traumatic experience.
Some people have a serious condition, losing all of their hair, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
But as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Monday, there’s hope now in the form of an approved asthma and psoriasis drug. hair grow back.
“I feel like I’m withdrawing socially. I don’t really want to go out and mingle with people. I really don’t want to have to explain what’s going on,” says alopecia patient Beth Goldstein.
Goldstein, a retired attorney, describes how hair loss is caused by an autoimmune disease called patchy hair loss.
“I have basically lost my hair, my beard is still small but my hair is around here. So it was like from the middle of my head down to my ears,” said Goldstein.
Goldstein makes it look like she still has some hair left, but she has barely any hair at all.
But then she underwent an amazing transformation, thanks to a Food and Drug AdministrationThe approved drug is Dupilumab, brand name Dupixent.
Dr. Emme Guttman, chair of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, pioneered clinical trials on Dupixent. She explains that the autoimmune process that causes asthma and psoriasis is also responsible for this hair loss. The good news is that Dupixent is very safe.
“So it’s a drug that doesn’t need blood monitoring, doesn’t need children, doesn’t need adults, it’s super safe. We don’t really have any safety issues. And in patients with hair loss, we didn’t even see the conjunctivitis that we see in patients with atopic dermatitis. So that we don’t see in this population,” Guttman said.
Hair grows slowly and many patients have other allergic conditions. But for people like Goldstein, it’s a godsend.
“Hair is considered your ultimate glory. You can certainly live without it, but it’s better to have it,” she said.
This is bad news. Dupixent has no effect on male pattern baldness. It’s a completely different disease process, but since the drug is approved for asthma and psoriasis, doctors can prescribe it off-label, as long as the alopecia areata has indeed been diagnosed. .
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/11/15/asthma-psoriasis-drug-treating-alopecia-areata-baldness-dupixent/ | New drug designed to help people with asthma or psoriasis work wonders for some dealing with hair loss – CBS New York