Hair loss is a side effect of some common lupus medications. Typically, when you stop taking the medications, the hair loss is reversible. The most common medications that cause issues are:
What are the types of alopecia?
There are essentially two main types of alopecia. They are:
- Hair follicles are destroyed and there is no chance of hair regrowth
- Discoid lupus is a major cause
- Hair follicles remain intact and there is a chance for hair regrowth
What should I do if I am losing my hair?
If you have any health concerns, you should discuss them with your doctor. Your treatment team may be able to find triggers for the hair loss and correct them quickly.
Also, actively working to reduce flares may help. Some strategies include stress management, healthy eating, and avoiding sun exposure.
Losing your hair may seem like another way that lupus is an unfair foe. There are strategies to fight back (wigs, new hair styles, extensions, and accessories). It may help to remember that, just like with lupus, hair loss may be something you and others in the community are living with, but it doesn’t define your personal identity. If you are struggling with the physical changes to your body, or are feeling depressed or anxious, speak with your doctor and consider mental health services.