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What Is Lupus Erythematosus? Can Lupus Cause Hair Loss?

Question: What Is Lupus Erythematosus? Can Lupus Cause Hair Loss? Answer: Lupus is a form of arthritis which mainly affects women of child-bearing age. It is an autoimmune rheumatic disease, caused by a fault in the body’s immune system. The immune system normally produces antibodies that fight infections. If you suffer from a autoimmune disease, antibodies […]

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Posted on: September 13, 2007

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Question: What Is Lupus Erythematosus? Can Lupus Cause Hair Loss?

Answer: Lupus is a form of arthritis which mainly affects women of child-bearing age. It is an autoimmune rheumatic disease, caused by a fault in the body’s immune system. The immune system normally produces antibodies that fight infections. If you suffer from a autoimmune disease, antibodies are produced which act against certain body tissues and cause inflammation.

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Yes Lupus Can Cause Hair Loss. Some loss of hair (alopecia) is exetremely common with lupus. For most people this is a very minor problem but occasionally you may suffer from quite serious hair loss. As with the other features of Lupus your hair loss may come and go from time to time. You will probably find that your hair grows back but it will be weaker and thinner than before. Steroid injections can be tried on the NHS but are not advised as a long term solution. Very often people with serious hair loss will take to using a wig.  

Best advice is to speak directly to one of our trichologists on 0207 976 6868 for advice as every case will vary. 

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www.uklupus.co.uk

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