Hair Loss

Lupus and Your Hair: What You Should Know


February 07, 2019

Every day you lose about 50-100 hairs. But sometimes, you may start to notice an increase that makes you worry. In some cases, it may be due to recent stress or weight loss, but other times, it could be a sign of something more serious going on in your body.

While frequently benign and attributed to genetics, excessive shedding and thinning may also be attributed to a number of medical conditions. It’s important to seek help from your physician if you notice significant and sudden changes in your hair.

One of the many conditions that may be responsible for noticeable hair loss is Lupus, an auto-immune disease that causes your immune system to attack parts of your own body which it mistakes for dangerous invading pathogens. Autoimmune disorders may damage major organs and tissues, wreaking havoc throughout the body.

Lupus affects about 5 million people worldwide. Anyone can experience Lupus, but it’s most common in women between the ages of 15 and 45 who are African-American, Hispanic or Asian-American.

When your immune system attacks, it may damage the heart, lungs, and even the skin and scalp, leading to hair loss. While losing your hair may not be life-threatening, dealing with the psychological effects of your changing appearance may make coping with the illness that much more stressful.

The symptoms can vary dramatically, depending on which organs your immune system is at-tacking. About half of all people with Lupus will experience some form of hair loss. You may notice gradual, overall thinning of the hair on the scalp or sud-den hair loss, resulting in clumps and patches falling out at once. The hair at your hairline may become brittle, thin and weak, causing breakage.

In some cases, the disease causes scarring on your scalp. If treatment is delayed, this type of Lupus-related hair loss is the most difficult to reverse.

Corticosteroids and Immunosuppressive medications prescribed to treat the symptoms of Lupus have been shown to potentially cause thinning hair in some patients. Your doctor may be able to help if you notice your hair loss is worsening while taking these medications.

The only way to treat and reverse your Lupus-related hair loss is by seeking medical attention for the disease. Seeking medical attention from your doctor, and getting your Lupus under control at the first sign of a flare-up should always be your first line of defense in treating Lupus-related hair loss. The sooner you begin treatment, the less damage your system, and your hair, will endure.

And when you’re ready to begin restoring your hair, and your confidence, we’re here for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our hair loss experts. This private, complimentary appointment is the perfect way to have your hair loss questions and concerns addressed with no obligation. You’ll receive a free evaluation of your hair and scalp, and you’ll learn which options can help you achieve the results you want.

For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.