There are many causes of hair loss for both teens and adults. Male or female. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, stress, and diseases. Generally though, the most common cause of it is called adrogenetic alopecia. It is the medical term for hair loss or baldness. Adrogenetic refers to the influence of androgens (male hormones), and genetic predisposition to balding can be the reason of such a hair loss.Genetic is not that simple. Just the presence of someone in your family, balding, is not enough to predict that you will also become bald. It is difficult to predict who will go bald and how fast it will happen.

Normally, man and women produce androgenic hormones. Dihydrotestosterone, androsteinedione, testosterone (DHT). For men Testicles and adrenals are the source of these hormones. For women ovaries and adrenal glands produce the hormones. These hormones are important for both sexes. but have different concentrations, with it being more predominant for males than females. This in part, differentiates the genders. Exposure of hair follicles to DHT, in a susceptible person, in a period of time leads to male and female pattern baldness or the so-called adrogenetic alopecia.

There is no exact age for balding occurrence. Balding is a process, simple yet this fact is often ignored. This process can be slow or rapid. It usually starts at late teens. Illnesses and medical conditions is one of the causes of hair loss. Such as thyroid disease and diabetes, can cause hair loss. Those people with liver and kidney diseases and lupus can also have baldness. Adult women and teen girls can have hair loss due to hormone imbalance in polycystic ovary syndrome. Medications such as acne medicines may cause hair loss. Amphetamines in diet pills can also cause hair loss. And we can not forget about chemotherapy. Alopecia areata is a skin disease than causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body. It is an autoimmune disease. Your own immune system is the one to damage the hair follicles. Alopecia areata starts as small bald patches and can progress to total baldness.Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls his/her own hair that can also lead to hair loss.

Hair treatments and styling the hair gives tension to scalp and hair causing damage and leading to hair loss. Nutrition is also one factor of baldness because of lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that sustains the hair. Disruption of hair cycle growth is also a problem. Like delivering a baby, getting anesthesia, or having surgery.

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6 thoughts on “Why Does Lupus Cause Hair Loss

  1. angelinaismywifey

    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello….if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I’d be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ….. i’m 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5’3″
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr’s visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: …..All Basics(CB C’s, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so…)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph’s in groin and unexplained hematuria———says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST…NO CALL SO I’M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i’m thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist…
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that’ll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I’M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I”M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can’t remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak….. i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    1. PoisonTrees

      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can’t get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  2. May

    What can cause extreme hair loss in a 17/18 year old female?
    When i was 16 i was diagnosed with Mono, and i still feel like i have it, i have all the symptoms, fatigue, migraines, nausea etc..and now hair loss! 🙁 Why am I losing so much hair? I used to have really thick hair and now i have super thin, thiner than average. When i brush it huge handful of hair is on the brush so i try not to brush it often only when i shower but i also try to avoid washing it due to losing more when i wash it! so I wash it every other day minimum. My mom’s worried that i might have lupus or some kind of illness but i dont think i have any rashes..What kind i do!? D:

  3. skylar

    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this…..?
    My bf did research on a article….kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN’T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET’S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an “otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response,” even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. “… squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals…observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    -polysorbate
    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.”

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REAL PROFFESIONAL RESEARCH
    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A LITTLE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND YOU’LL GET THE TRUTH
    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is…how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    1. BJC

      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase “real professional research”.

      Were you aware that vaccines that don’t contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can’t all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does…it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It’s like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this….ooooh it’s so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines…..they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product)…..people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even “contributed to the cascade” with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals’ mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine…..again with the twisting…..

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it…..but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the “link” between autism and other neurological disorders……which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury…one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury…they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body’s cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl…..didn’t see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  4. May

    What can cause extreme hair loss in a 17/18 year old female?
    When i was 16 i was diagnosed with Mono, and i still feel like i have it, i have all the symptoms, fatigue, migraines, nausea etc..and now hair loss! 🙁 Why am I losing so much hair? I used to have really thick hair and now i have super thin, thiner than average. When i brush it huge handful of hair is on the brush so i try not to brush it often only when i shower but i also try to avoid washing it due to losing more when i wash it! so I wash it every other day minimum. My mom’s worried that i might have lupus or some kind of illness but i dont think i have any rashes..What kind i do!? D:
    ** the losing of hair started around the same time when i was diagnosed with Mono.

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