Has anyone had any luck with hair loss treatments/solutions?

Since being diagnosed with RA, I have also been diagnosed with alopecia (genetic form). Since it’s yet another autoimmune disease (I have more) I don’t know if there’s anything I can do about my hair loss. Has anyone had any luck with hair loss treatments/solutions?


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  • Rameen
    1 month ago

    I am experiencing the same from the age of 3. Alopecia Areata is also an auto-immune disease so there is no particular treatment for it. It can come and go in remission at its own will. First of all, you have to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet. Add lots of proteins and nutrients in your meal. I once had steroid injection when I was 11 years old. You can also use hair growth sprays especially if you have clean patches of skin without hair on your head. But make sure it is prescribed by your doctor and is of good quality. On the other hand, you can also go for herbal remedies. For example, Egg oil mixed with any other oil is very good for hair growth. Although the smell of it will be difficult to handle. You can also apply Ginger Garlic water on areas of less hair. If possible than find the leaves of Margosa tree boil it in water, cool it down and wash your head with it. The above remedies are tried and tested on me but still make sure you don’t have any skin allergies with any of the item above. It is very time consuming and frustrating to wait for your hair to grow back. I totally understand your situation. Feel free to ask anything. I would be happy to help. Good Luck.

  • cande author
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Rameen. Your hair looks beautiful in your picture!

  • cande author
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Nina. Those articles were helpful. The Xeljanz sounds great for hair loss, however, the side effects are scary! I will check that out with my rheumatologist when I see him in November.

    I have also lost my eyebrows and eyelashes (and I’m on a low dose of MTX – my Vectra score came out as “moderate”). I tried Latisse for a couple of years and it was great, then stopped working. I’ve had luck with Rodan and Fields’ lash product since then. Wish I could pour it on my head!

    Am looking into microblading for eyebrows. It’s a tattoo technique that’s not permanent and has to be touched up every few months or so.

    I’m taking folic acid and biotin (will look into upping the dosages) along with a hair supplement from Hair La Vie. I still have a fairly wide part and a bald spot on the crown of my head and at my temples. I can’t imagine what a higher dose of MTX would do! It sounds so shallow but the hair loss is really bothering me.

  • CarolynJ
    2 months ago

    I’m on folic acid everyday. RD Dr put me on it

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this info, @CarolynJ! Is it helping so far? – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    2 months ago

    @cande I have had hair loss issues. I use shampoo with Biotin and DHT blockers in it. It has certainly made a difference for me, obviously that’s no guarantee it will work for anyone else, but it’s just a thought. Keep on keepin’ on. DPM

  • cande author
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Daniel. Would you mind telling what brand is working for you? Thanks!

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi @cande, this article might be helpful in hearing what someone else has been through with hair loss, and an RA medication that might help: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/hair-not-musical/. This Q&A talks about solutions: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/hair-loss-remedies/ and this one has many responses: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/anyone-else-experienced-hair-loss/. Wishing you best of luck with this, and please let us know if anything does help! – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

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