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 with help from Daily Health.

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Is it because of lupus or a side effect of medication?
Establish the reason for your hair loss. Is it due to lupus or could it be a side effect of a 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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  1. Vix says:

    Great to have an article about hairloss in Lupus (and other autoimmune conditions). This issue really isn’t addressed enough, and the emotional impact it has on a person is extremely hard. It has raised my stress levels in ways I didnt think imaginable and it has deeply effected how I am as a person. I am on plaquenil and my hairloss continues. Not only have I lost nearly all my hair, but the quality of the hair has changed from thick glossy healthy hair, to thin wiry brittle hair. I keep being told that plaquenil will help with the hair loss – it hasn’t. I keep reading that plaquenil can cause hairloss, and my rheumatologist tells me otherwise. This whole issue is confusing. Good hair is always a sign of someone being healthy. We live in a society where there are non-stop hair products on TV, in magazines , and of course big eyebrows are in. Mine are not “in” they are “THIN”. Hairloss is important, it is a sign that something is wrong with you. The impact of hairloss on a person is ignored I think by medical professionals – losing hair is horrendous, it makes you look ill, it makes you stressed and it makes you stand out from the crowd in not a nice way. Also with my hairloss, I have a very itchy uncomfortable scalp 24/7. Will I get my hair back, I doubt it. So please do more research on hairloss in autoimmune conditions.

  2. heather says:

    Does the hair loss ever stop? Been on Plaquenil for 3 months and hair isn’t stopping in terms of falling out. Any experience or knowledge on this? Will it really ever stop or is something else amusing this other than SLE?
    I have being reading online resource’s like web nmd , patients info, Everdayhealth they have some good information on lupus conditions and side effects. I am blonde already have thin hair, don’t want to loose all of it!!

    • Vix says:

      Hi Heather
      My hairloss hasnt stopped. I have now had to shave it short as I couldnt cope with seeing all my long hair everywhere. Plaquenil didnt help me at all, it made my hairloss worse. I am now using Rogaine to try and hold on to what I have.

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