In this MD Newsline exclusive interview with dermatologist Dr. Valerie Harvey, we discuss Dr. Harvey’s treatment strategies for central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) and traction alopecia.
What are your treatment strategies for central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia and traction alopecia, and how are they tailored to each patient?
Dr. Valerie Harvey:
“For patients with CCCA, I emphasize that we’re trying to halt disease progression. If we can stop the disease from progressing any further, that’s considered treatment success. If we can get some hair to regrow, that’s icing on the cake.
We use a combination of topical anti-inflammatory medications and oral medications, such as systemic antibiotics. We also use intra-lesional injections of steroid medications, which are injected into the affected areas. Lastly, we couple these treatments with hair care practices to make sure that each patient is optimizing their hair care regimen.”
Responses have been condensed and lightly edited.