Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system disorder that affects around 1% of the world’s population. Along with causing chronic symptoms such as inflammation, pain and reduced mobility, some sufferers also experience hair loss. In this blog, we shine a light on how this condition is linked with hair loss and what sufferers can do about it.
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Hair Loss?
There are two reasons why rheumatoid arthritis sufferers sometimes develop hair loss. Some people find that the condition itself causes a moderate amount of hair fall from across the head, which leaves hair looking generally thinner.
Other people are affected by the medication that has been prescribed to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. This usually occurs in those who have a genetic predisposition to androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss). This condition causes shedding around the hairline and crown in men and throughout the scalp in women. The medicines Methotrexate and Leflunomide can trigger this type of hair loss or exacerbate it in those who were already balding. An important note for those undergoing treatment for rheumatoid arthritis: if you suspect that your medication is causing hair loss, do not stop taking it without getting professional advice first. Instead, talk to your doctor about your concerns. It may be possible for you to switch to another drug or to take a lower dosage.
How to Treat Your Hair Loss
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and have noticed changes in your hair, what can you do about it? The specialists at Vinci Hair Clinic offer a variety of solutions that can help with general thinning caused by this condition. Options range from their vitamin and mineral complex to support healthy hair growth, at-home LLLT with the Laser Cap, and innovative PRP therapy. These treatments can help to restore hair density and improve its overall condition. For those whose hair loss is connected with genetic factors, additional treatments may be useful. The medicines minoxidil and finasteride are both highly-effective in stabilising hair loss and even regrow hair. They can be used along-side the previously mentioned hair restoration solutions for an enhanced result.