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    Old 05-01-2006, 09:46 AM   #1
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    Help! Losing My Hair!

    Over the last month, my hair has been thinning ALOT. I've especially noticed it on my forehead hairline, which is awful because I have a really high forehead and can't afford to lose my bangs! Does this mean a flare, and should I call my rheumatologist, and what can I do to stop it?!! I'm getting panicked because I may need a wig soon at the rate I'm going....

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    Old 05-01-2006, 01:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Help! Losing My Hair!

    pambyboo, 3 questions for you.

    First, How old are you?
    2nd, are you going through any stress or anger attacks.
    You can lose hair due to stress or anger attacks.
    Most of the hair will grow back within 9 months to a year if you get rid of the stress.
    3rd, does your parents or grandparents have a history of hair loss.
    If your not going through any stress and your parents and grandparents didn't have a history of hair loss.

    The best products for growing hair is Xandrox
    Dr. Richard Lee, a physician from Los Angeles, California, has engineered his own blend of a hair growth agent called Xandrox.
    It's a powerful mixture of 5% minoxidil and azelaic acid, with the prescribed option for a 0.025% concentration of retinoic acid (Retin-A).

    Minoxidil is the main incredient in rogaine.
    The rogaine in the stores are usually 2% and 5%.
    Dr. Lee also makes a 12.5% and 15% minoxidil.
    But you want to start off at 5% so the hair gets used to it.
    It was found that, that applying Retin-A with Minoxidil increase's the absorption of Minoxidil on the hair.

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    Old 05-02-2006, 09:54 AM   #3
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    Re: Help! Losing My Hair!

    pambyboo, my opinion would be that it does mean you either have gotten through a flare or are still in a flare if you are experiencing hair loss. The immune gunk that builds up in your hair follicles only gets there when lupus is active in the skin of your scalp, and it can't get there if your lupus is totally under control. Yes, there are varying degrees of control... some symptoms that you associate with a flare may not be present, but enough of something is going on in your scalp to set in motion the hair loss. I know that I continued to lose hair for some time after my medications took effect and seemed to have the lupus under control.

    My understanding is that with hair loss, a sort of chain reaction of events happens that leads to the hair falling out. Once that chain of events has been set in motion and the immune stuff has already built up in the follicle, that hair is going to die and fall out and you can't stop it, even if you took meds that stopped the flare right then and there. But the hair will come back. I know that is little comfort when you are losing a lot of hair, but it will.

    Old 05-02-2006, 10:59 AM   #4
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    Re: Help! Losing My Hair!

    Thank you for answering!!-- I'm still trying to get through to my rheumatologist...having a hard time getting them to call me back. Does this mean I need prednisone or a stronger med? I just take plaquenil now--but I haven't felt the greatest lately. The last week I have been having a lot of nausea and stomach cramping with diarrhea- just thought I had a bug, but maybe not?

    Old 06-25-2006, 01:24 PM   #5
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    Re: Help! Losing My Hair!

    Just wandering if maybe you linked any of your symptoms to plaquenil. Some say it can cause some hairloss, but so can lupus. I am not sure about that, read your pamplet on the medicine and see what it says. Also, it can for sure cause some people to go to the bathroom to, but that usually goes away after a little while on the medicine. I took plaquenil for a little while and noticed a change in my hair, but it could have just been all in my mind since I was expecting it to do that to my hair. I have a thryoid problem and who knows what else that could be causing my hair to fall out. Ask your Dr. About the side effects of the medicine especially if you are new to it, if it is the medicine they may go away after a while. If you are not new to the medicne I am not sure what it could be. Seems like stress can do lots of things to the body including other illnesses. I hope you find out the stem of your problem. Good luck

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