Lupus and Hair Loss
About 50% of people with lupus will experience hair loss at some point during the course of their disease.
Hair loss can be a symptom of lupus or a side effect of some medications. If you have SLE, controlling the disease is the best way to avoid further hair loss and hair will usually grow back. If you have cutaneous or skin lupus and you have scarring on your scalp, there may be permanent damage that could prohibit the hair from growing back.
It’s important to remember NOT to use any over the counter hair loss solutions (like Rogaine) without talking to your doctor.
Most hair loss solutions focus on Alopecia – a different cause for hair loss.
Talk to your doctor about your concerns. If you want more information, contact the LSI at [email protected] or call 312-542-0002.
LSI is here to support you, the Illinois Lupus Community. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
If you have any questions, please contact the Lupus Navigator at 312-648-6053 or email [email protected].