We have all heard the phrase that prevention is better than cure. More often than not, this is very true for hair loss related health related complications. Preventing hair loss before it settles in is much easier than curing it. It is not only easier to prevent hair loss, but it is also less expensive than curing this horrible predicament. That being said, the theory of “prevention is better than cure” does not apply to all cases of hair loss. Under certain circumstances, it might be nearly impossible for you to prevent hair loss. This is because it is always possible to anticipate certain forms of hair loss that arrive without notice. Such is the case with lupus induced hair loss.
For those of you who are not aware, lupus is a horrible disease which causes inflammation in different parts of the body. More often than not, lupus affects the biggest organ in the body, the skin. When it does that, the patient suffers from rashes in different regions of the skin and hair loss in the face and the head. Around 50% of all lupus patients experience one form of alopecia (baldness) or the other. Some lupus patients can lose all the hair on their faces including those that make up the eye lashes and the eyebrows. Quite clearly, lupus is a horrible disease to contract and you should take all the precautionary steps to stay as far away from it as possible.
But it is not easy to keep a disease away from the body, especially when you have no control over how it affects your immune system. This is what makes preventing lupus induced hair loss so difficult. That being said, there is a silver lining in this grey cloud. You might not be able to prevent all hair loss or thinning that takes place during lupus, but you can certainly slow down the progression of hair loss. In other words, the key to dealing with lupus hair loss is minimizing the damage. Here are four tips to help you out:
1) Make No Delays
The moment you find out that you lupus is the moment when you should decide that you need immediate treatment. Delaying the treatment will spell disaster for the health of your skin and your hair. The longer you stay aware from the doctor, the greater will be your chances of losing significant amounts of hair and developing horrible rashes all over your body. That is certainly a sight that you do not wish to see. The sooner you begin your treatment, the sooner you will be able to reverse lupus induced hair loss caused by discoid or cutaneous lupus.
2) Avoid Lupus Flares
What exactly is a lupus flare? Lupus flare is a medical disorder or condition that lupus patients experience when they allow their stress levels to increase. Stress can have horrible effects on your body and your hair even when you are perfectly healthy. Imagine the kind of damage that stress is capable of when you are suffering from an atrocious disease such as lupus. The key to surviving lupus without losing most of your hair lies in avoiding lupus flares. In order to do that, you need to lower your stress levels by eliminating as many stress factors or stress triggers that you can in your life. Maintaining healthy body/mind balance along with following a picture perfect treatment plan will make it much easier for you to prevent hair loss during lupus.
3) Lower Your Exposure to the Sun
When you are suffering from lupus, one of the simplest things that you can do to improve your plight is lower your exposure to the sun. Lupus patients can experience photosensitivity. This leads to the frequent emergence of lupus flares. Increased lupus flares will aggravate your rashes and your hair fall. Hence, you are strongly recommended to use sunscreen when you are out in the open. You could also wear a brimmed hat, long sleeved tops and long legged pants. Keep up this practice even on cloudy days. Just because there are grey and heavy clouds in the sky does not mean that you are safe from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. 70% of these rays can creep in through the thickest of clouds.
4) Change Your Hairstyle
If you are used to having “tight hairstyles” such as pigtails, ponytails or others where your hair strands are being put under pressure, then it is time to switch your hairstyle. A lot of the people who suffer from lupus have extremely weakened hair. Such inconvenient hairstyles lead to enhanced hair damage and breakage. When hair breaks, it becomes vulnerable to falling off the scalp. You could also change your hairstyle in an attempt to hide the balding patches created by lupus induced hair loss.