Lupus Star Foundation

Shining Bright for Lupus

News

Methotraxate Induced Hair Loss

Posted by Simone on April 20, 2011 at 1:22 AM

How does methotrexate induce hair loss?

To understand methotrexate induced hair loss, let us first understand the life cycle of a hair. Hair is made by a hair follicle. Each hair has a growth phase known as anagen & a resting phase known as telogen. A hair follicle grows hair for upto 3- 4 years. This is the end of the life cycle of the hair. It falls, the follicle then rests for about 3- 4 months & starts making a new hair. Normally most scalp hair (about 85%) are in the growth phase & only about 100 scalp hair fall every day. Methotrexate triggers a process called telogen effluvium wherein a greater proportion of hairs suddenly enter the resting phase. The hair thus stops growing & fall out.

How can one take care of methotrexate induced hair loss?

  • Avoid scalp massage.
  • Adopt a shorter hairstyle for the time being to make your hair look thicker until it grows in again.
  • Do not blowdry or straighten hair too often. The heat damages the hair proteins & makes them fragile.
  • Do not brush while you while you blow-dry them.
  • Use a good conditioner.
  • Maintain a good diet. Vitamin deficiencies will add up to the hair loss.
Is there any treatment for methotrexate induced hair loss?

Biotin is a vitamin involved in hair growth and associated with healthy skin and nails. Biotin supplements do help in methotrexate induced hair loss.

Categories: Health Information

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

0 Comments

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Oct 15 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 22 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 29 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 5 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Share on Facebook

Hope & Love 4 Lupus Campaign

Google Translator