Shots and Saran Wrap: Why are my hands black and my hair falling out? Alopecia Areata Gone Wild

Are you afraid of needles? Typically my answer to this question is “no.” I can donate blood, have bloodwork done, get an IV or even get a shot in my thigh due to food poisoning; but scalp injections are completely different. In total I felt like I received about 9 or 10 injections throughout my scalp. The medical breakdown was actually 5-8 mg of intralesional corticosteroid injections of Kenalog, 2-4 ml per section with a 30-guage needle directly into the patches. Thankfully the doctor had a vibrator covered with a glove, which she rolled over each area as she injected me. She gave me stress balls to squeeze while she was injecting me. Afterwards my head was burning and I saw blood drops on the cotton swabs she used after injecting each scalp area. 

On top of the Alopecia Areata flare up, I was also dealing with eczema.  Not a small itchy patch on my arm; rather my hands were black, itchy and hurting. The coolest thing that Dr. Osei Tutu prescribed was an ointment that had to be applied twice a day and then the area(s) had to be wrapped in saran wrap. By my next doctor’s visit my eczema had cleared up and my hands finally looked normal.

Hear more about my cortisone injections with Dr. Osei Tutu by visiting my YouTube Channel