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Lupus: Can hair loss happen?



Can lupus cause hair loss?

Answer by April Chang-Miller, MD.

Unfortunately, yes. Lupus causes widespread inflammation that normally affects the skin – especially on the face and on the scalp. Lupus can cause the hair on the scalp to thinning out gradually, although some people lose hair. A loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, beard and body hair is also possible.

In most cases, your hair grows after treating your lupus. However, some people with lupus develop round (discoidal) lesions on the scalp. Because these discoid lesions scour your hair follicles, they cause permanent hair loss.

Lupus can also cause the hair on the hairline to become brittle and easily break off] Hair loss can be an early sign of lupus before the disease is diagnosed. However, many other diseases can lead to hair loss. Therefore, consult your doctor if you notice unusual thinning or hair loss.
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