Grace, Rosie and Michael all talked about trying oral steroids (tablets) for their alopecia areata. No one we talked to currently used them.
Taking steroids in tablet form was often seen as more serious and unusual than using topical steroid treatments, which are applied on top of the skin.
Becky decided not to try oral steroids as she had talked to her mum about it and heard it could cause water retention and weight gain. She worried about putting a medicine “into” her system, preferring that “you could choose how much” topical treatment to apply and “where you put it”.
There were some side effects and concerns for those who had tried steroids in tablet form.