You Should To Know About Lupus Hair Loss:

Most people don’t even notice the 50 to 100 strands of hair that they usually lose every day. With systemic lupus, the situation can be very different, with the loss of hair much more dramatic and noticeable.Lupus hair loss can be caused by the disease itself, as the immune system destroys hair follicles, or by medicines such as prednisone and immune system-suppressants—in which case lupus hair loss often stops once the medicine is stopped.Hair may fall out in strands, or in clumps with the slightest pull, and sometimes it just thins out and gets very fragile and breakable.If you are among the half of all people with systemic lupus who struggles with this problem, here are some ideas about what you can do about it:

Action steps:Losing hair can be scary, but it’s usually treatable and often can be covered up. It may take a while for hair to grow back—sometimes 6 months or more—but eventually it usually does unless it’s caused by skin (“cutaneous”) lupus that leads to a “discoid rash.”(Patches of thick and scaly red “discoid” rash can scar hair follicles and cause lasting hair loss, so be sure to talk to your doctor about your options if these develop. “Alopecia” is the medical term for hair loss.)For most lupus hair loss, you aren’t powerless! Here are some strategies to try:

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