Can Lupus Cause Hair Loss?

Q:
Can lupus cause hair loss?

A:
YES.

In fact, losing hair is one of the most obvious symptoms of lupus, though the ways in which it can lead to hair loss are varied.

The disease can cause the hair on your scalp to gradually thin out, although a few people lose clumps of hair. Besides, loss of eyebrow, eyelash, beard and body hair also is possible.

The following picture is a typical case.

How does it happen?

  • The immune system can actually destroy hair follicles.
  • Rashes on the skin can cause the hair to fall out.

But many other disorders can also cause hair loss, so consult with your doctor if you notice unusual hair thinning or hair loss.

 

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