9 Tips to Prevent Hair Loss in Lupus Patients

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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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