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What can I do to address my discoid lupus with hair loss?

What can I do to address my discoid lupus with hair loss?

Medications, inject: Localized corticosteroid injections can help. Certain medications such as antimalarial's can be effective. Your dermatologist can clarify the best therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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What drugs do I use for lumps n discolouration and bald patches when diagnosed with discoid lupus?Am on methyl predisolone at the moment n not working

What drugs do I use for lumps n discolouration and bald patches when diagnosed with discoid lupus?Am on methyl predisolone at the moment n not working

Chronic changes: Discoid lupus can heal but it can take a long time - weeks to months because the skin has been injured. It is hard to be patient. Talk to your dermatologist about topical medications and oral medications to help bring your skin condition under control. Steroid injections into the skin are also helpful. ...Read more

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If a person has lupus how long do they experience hair loss?

If a person has lupus how long do they experience hair loss?

An indeterminant per: Hair loss can be a long term or temporary issue depending on the activity of the underlying lupus. The better the control of the lupus, the better the chance that the hair loss can also improve. However, hair can occasionally persist even if the lupus control is good. ...Read more

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Hi. My sister has lupus and experiencing excessive hair loss. Is it ok for her to use anti hair loss products especificaly "novuhair"-phil.-made.

Hi. My sister has lupus and experiencing excessive hair loss. Is it ok for her to use anti hair loss products especificaly "novuhair"-phil.-made.

Lupus and hair loss: It depends on te type of hair loss. If it is generalized and from overall illness, it may work (not sure what it is, but rogaine (minoxidil) topical is probably more effective). If the hair loss is focal/spotty and well demarcated, a steroid injection may be better. ...Read more

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I have lupus and take plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). I've been taking biotin for a while to see if it would help hair loss. Is there anything I can do?

I have lupus and take plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). I've been taking biotin for a while to see if it would help hair loss. Is there anything I can do?

Hard choice: If it controls your lupus that makes it a difficult choice. Lupus itself can cause hair loss, but on the other hand if placqunil works it is an excellent choice. You and your doctor need to discuss how bad it is, what other choice is available.because other than stopping it there is no other treatment for hair loss due to placquenil. Some reports say the hair loss stops and reverses but no studies ...Read more

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If u had a positive ANA test but dont have lupus could it account 4 another illness? Esp if u r sick all the time w chronic fevers,pain,hair loss,etc?

If u had a positive ANA test but dont have lupus could it account 4 another illness? Esp if u r sick all the time w chronic fevers,pain,hair loss,etc?

Positive ANA: means that you might have some sort of connective tissue disease, not necessarily lupus, and positive ANA by itself doesn't diagnose lupus or any other connective tissue disease, it is just an indicator, other tests and clinical history and examination will make the final diagnosis, please see your doctor, who might refer you to a rheumatologist, good luck ...Read more

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How common is hair loss after pregnancy? I'm losing large clumps daily but I'm also being tested for lupus. I gave birth 4 months ago. Cause?

How common is hair loss after pregnancy? I'm losing large clumps daily but I'm also being tested for lupus. I gave birth 4 months ago. Cause?

Hair loss: Congrats on your new baby. Enjoy! Regarding your hair loss I cannot link it to your pregnancy but there may be a link to lupus if that is diagnosed. Independent of lupus you must see your obstetrician about hair loss. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Discoid Lupus (Definition)

Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). ...Read more


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more