9 Tips to Prevent Hair Loss in Lupus Patients

Many lupus patients suffer from hair loss. Sometimes it’s very mild and unnoticeable but for some, it can be quite severe and cause considerable anguish. To help you prevent lupus hair loss, we’ve put together a list of tips using information from Daily Health.

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Lupus or Medication?

Establish the reason for your hair loss. Is it lupus or could the hair loss be due to the medication you’re taking? If it’s medication-related, then speak to your doctor about changing medications.

 

Start Lupus Treatment as Soon as Possible

The sooner you start lupus treatment, the better and the less likely you are to suffer from hair loss. Speak to your doctors and push to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible if you suspect you have lupus.

 

Follow Your Medication Instructions

Ensure you always take your medication as directed, at the right time. Don’t skip your medication for any reason unless directed to do so by your doctor.

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Be Aware of the Medication You’re Taking

Do your homework. Is the medication known to cause side effects like hair loss? Speak to your doctor about alternatives if this is the case.

 

Take Note of Any Rashes or Scaliness

Any rashes or scaliness on the skin could also be happening on your scalp and contributing towards hair loss. If you spot any rashes or scaliness, contact your doctor.

 

Keep Stress Levels Low

Stress can lead to hair loss for lupus patients so it’s important to try and avoid stress as much as you can.

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Get Plenty of Rest

Fatigue and lack of sleep can also lead to hair loss for those who suffer from lupus. Try to get quality sleep each night and don’t overexert yourself.

 

Avoid Sun Exposure

Sun exposure can cause photosensitivity in lupus patients and lead to rashes on the scalp which can contribute to hair loss.

 

Check Your Lighting

Halogen and fluorescent lights can also cause photosensitivity and contribute towards hair loss, if you have these in your home consider changing them or speak to your boss at work about the issue.

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One comment

  1. Susan says:

    Hi. I’ve been consistently losing tremendous amounts of hair since 2014 with no regrowth. I’ve lost about 90% of density. I was diagonsed in 2008 with lupus. I am 47 years old and have gad many blood tests seen dermatologists and rheumatologists. It was inactive say from 2010-2014. No medication. Some slight joint tingly feeling cold toes and fingers but no longer. Have had 2 scalp biopsies to pinpoint hairloss both say telegum effluvium. I had second result tested further….combo of SLE and lichen planipilarus. No doc sees scarring. I also have been post menopausal since 2012. I need answers as to why I blink and hair falls out!! I have no regrowth at all. Does lupus cause this much hairloss! No doc has answers and I can’t afford to lose anymore. Please help.

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