An intralesional steroid injection is a form of steroid injection that is commonly used to treat alopecia areata of the scalp if less than 50% of the scalp area is involved. The steroid is directly injected into the skin in the spots where hair loss is present.
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Intralesional steroid injection is administered directly into the skin lesion using a fine needle. Before injecting the steroid, the site of injection is cleaned thoroughly with alcohol or antiseptic solution. The intralesional injection in dermatology is intradermal and not subcutaneous so as to prevent any dent on the skin. The initial dose of the injection depends on the lesion being treated.
The intralesional corticosteroid injection can be full-strength triamcinolone or diluted with local anesthesia or saline solution. The injections are repeated every few months till the lesions are active. The new hair growth that occurs from intralesional steroid injection is visible within four to six weeks. If not performed correctly, there could be delayed side effects of intralesional injection in dermatology like cutaneous and subcutaneous lipoatrophy, white or brown marks at the site of injection (also known as leukoderma), telangiectasia, localized hypertrichosis, or steroid acne.
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This method of treatment is one of the most common forms of treatment for alopecia areata. Intralesional corticosteroids are injected into bare patches of skin with a tiny needle. These injections are repeated about every four to six weeks and are usually given by a dermatologist. New hair growth from corticosteroid injections is usually visible within four weeks.
Patients with extensive and rapidly progressive AA usually respond poorly to intralesional steroid injections. This treatment is most suitable for those with patchy or relatively stable hair loss of limited extent
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The intralesional steroid injection price varies from person to person. Sessions start at around 1000 INR per session and the prices will increase depending on the size of lesions.
The early side effects of the steroid injections found in patients are pain, bleeding, bruising, infection, allergic dermatitis, impaired wound healing, and sterile abscess. It is recommended to visit the doctor if there are serious issues.
The steroid injections must not be taken by someone who is allergic to triamcinolone. In addition to that, patients who have active tuberculosis, fungal infection, psoriasis, active peptic ulcer disease, uncontrolled diabetes, severe hypertension, and psychosis should avoid this treatment.
New hair growth from corticosteroid injections will be visible within four to eight weeks. If it is taking longer, you can consult your doctor to check for effectiveness.
Yes, in case of alopecia areata these injections stimulate hair growth. Injections will be advised every 6-8 weeks apart and around 2-3 sessions may be required depending on the severity of your case. Once hair starts growing and alopecia areata is in control, the hair growth is facilitated with injections of hair growth serums and not steroid injections.