Although you may not be familiar with the name, alopecia areata is a very common autoimmune disease affecting almost 300,000 people in the U.S. annually. Alopecia areata causes the body to attack its own hair follicles, thus leading to hair loss and bald spots. This phenomenon usually occurs on the scalp and face but is also possible on any other area of the body.
The most frustrating part of this disease is that most patients with alopecia areata are in good health overall but feel stuck dealing with this unpredictable hair loss. Even if the hair they lost were to grow back, which does happen, there is no guarantee that the hair will not eventually fall out again.
However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel – Olumiant.
What is Olumiant?
Olumiant.com describes Olumiant as “the first and only once-daily pill for adults with severe alopecia areata.” This prescription medication is what’s referred to as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor meaning that it blocks or disrupts an immune signaling pathway in those with this disease. By doing so, this new medication has reported tremendous results in patients that participated in its clinical trials.
Some participants achieved 80-90% greater scalp hair coverage after 36 weeks of continuous one-daily ingestion of the pill while others even reported the same results in a 24-week span. The same progress goes for many who experienced loss of their eyebrow hair and/or lashes. They too saw a vast improvement around the 36-week mark.
Who Is a Candidate for Olumiant?
Although this disease can begin at any point in life, it most commonly develops in the childhood and teenage years. As of now, Olumiant has been approved for adults 18 years or older. However, because alopecia areata greatly affects individuals’ quality of life, researchers are dedicated to continuing to study the disease in hopes of finding more effective treatments including ones that can treat younger patients.
Are you looking to learn more about alopecia areata treatment? At Texas Dermatology, our goal is to keep you as informed of your options as we are. Contact us today at (210) 829-5180 to schedule an appointment, or click here to submit a request online.