Topical immunotherapy involves the application of a sensitising agent such as Diphenylcyclopropenone (DCP) to treat certain skin conditions such as alopecia areata. DCP application works in conditions like alopecia areata by redirecting the autoimmune attacks on the hair follicles, therefore allowing for re-growth.
DCP applications are carried out using different strengths after a first initial round of sensitisation. The subsequent choice of strength depends on the tolerance of the patient and the clinical response to treatment.
DCP applications are typically applied weekly to the affected area. Patients are usually recommended to wash the DCP off after a minimum of 4-6 hours. DCP applications typically may cause the patient some itching.
Dr Angeline Yong is a consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon whose subspecialty interests includes hair and nail disorders and hair transplantation surgery. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist with extensive all-round expertise in the medical and surgical management of various types of hair loss, Dr Yong will first formally evaluate and diagnose the condition which is causing hair loss, and will then proceed to discuss with each patient the various treatment options available for the type of hair loss that he or she is dealing with. As Dr Yong is fellowship-trained in both the medical and surgical management of hair loss, she is able to deliver comprehensive and wholistic care when it comes to the management of various types of hair loss such as alopecia areata. Topical immunotherapy is a useful treatment for the management of certain hair loss conditions like alopecia areata.