Various therapeutic agents have been described for the treatment of alopecia areata
(AA), but none are curative or preventive. The aim of AA treatment is to suppress
the activity of the disease. The high rate of spontaneous remission and the paucity
of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies make the evidence-based assessment
of these therapies difficult. The second part of this two-part series on AA discusses
treatment options in detail and suggests treatment plans according to specific disease
presentation. It also reviews recently reported experimental treatment options and
potential directions for future disease management.
After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to compare the
efficacy and safety of various treatment options, formulate a treatment plan tailored
to individual patients, and recognize recently described treatments and potential
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