Nizoralis an anti-fungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
BETAMETHASONE (bay ta METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. It is used to treat asthma, allergies, arthritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. It is also used for other conditions, like blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
I don't know what kind of doctors you have seen, but in my mind only a dermatologist would be qualified to determine that your hair loss is fungal.
The usual corticosteroid used to treat inflammation from Lupus is Prednisone, but if you are outside the USA perhaps the Betamethasone is easier to find. But treating inflammation -- I can't see how that would help with hair.
If Lupus is suspected, or another auto-immune disease (that's all an ANA shows, not which disease specifically, but what kind of disease in general), then you should be seeing a rhuemotologist who is familiar with Lupus. (Not all rheumies are good with Lupus.) This may be something you are catching early, so you may have only the hair loss as a symptom.
Use whatever methods you can think of to get an earlier appointment. Heck, call every day and ask for cancellations, tell them how long it'll take you to get there and be ready for their call.
Meanwhile, I agree that cutting your hair shorter will help with your appearance. But hair loss is an early symptom of some thyroid diseases as well as lots of other things - I might consider a endocrinologist before a rheumatologist. Heading straight for something like Lupus as a diagnosis seems extreme when so many simpler things like diabetes can account for hair loss.
What causes excessive hair loss?
A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.
Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.
Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.
Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.
Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.
Hope you can see a doctor soon,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's ModeratorDIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
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