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    I know there are several threads about this one - it's very upsetting. I have a couple of questions:
    ---If you had patches of hair loss did it fill back in after you were on Elmiron for a longer time?
    --- do the bald spots fill back in if you were to go off Elmiron?

    I was thinking that I wasn't having any side effects from Elimiron but all of the sudden I got to thinking about that little baldish sort of patch on my forehead and that thin patch that I've really have to work to cover on the top of my head and realized I didn't have that before I took Elimiron. I hadn't really thought of it since I didn't notice big gobs of hair coming out in the shower or anything. Now I'm thinking I need to wear my hear differently or something to cover especially that back spot.
    ---and great ideas of hair styles to cover a spot on the top, back of the head?
    ---Do you suppose it is as bad as it's going to get? Would it get completely bald???

    I'm doing much better on Elimiron and don't really want to stop it.
    Thanks for the info.

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    essential oils for patchy hair loss

    There was a well known study that showed some success for patchy hair loss using a diluted mixture of essential oils. I remember this study did not specify the exact ratio and dilution of the herbs used, but I think I have notes on it somewhere and I'll try to find it...but you can also search the web, too. This is the study that everbody refers too.

    The results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone (P = .008 for the primary outcome measure). We also successfully applied an evidence-based method to …

    The important thing to remember that these herbs are diluted, and that the idea that there has to be these 4 herbs may not be totally correct. I don't know why they picked these particular 4. I've read books where other people use differing combos. Cedarwood I believe is quite expensive so maybe just the other three herbs are OK. They would be increasing circulation to the scalp. Who knows if this would help in the Elmiron situation. If only the makers of Elmiron would give us a clue as to why elmiron would attack just a patch of hair! Does it clog pores? My theory.

    Cool link:
    I just added this in because I see there are recipes, including Igors (I think that is the study mix). I would suggest some reading up on aromatherapy with the warnings heeded, etc. There are commercial mixes available, but why not make your own. Remember DILUTION. Essential Oils are strong and are absorbed.
    Last edited by purpleviolet; 05-23-2011, 06:03 AM.
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