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Hair Loss Lupus

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Hair loss occurs in 50% of patients. Typically manifested as reversible hair thinning during periods of disease activity, it is demonstrated by the ease with which hair can be plucked from the scalp and the development of "lupus hairs" (i.e. short strands at the scalp line). Following an acute attack of SLE, usually with fever, patients may experience much generalized hair loss. This results from a period of arrested hair growth during the acute episode.

Hair loss may also be caused by infection or by use of corticosteroids or other lupus medications. Hair loss may also be  because of discoid lesions.

A severe lupus flare could result in defective hair growth, causing the hair to be fragile and break easily.

 

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