Hair loss is a common symptom of MS. It can happen to anyone with the condition, and can be a very distressing experience. There is no one definitive cause of hair loss in MS, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors including:
- The build-up of myelin (the protein that protects nerve cells) around hair follicles.
- Damage to the hair follicles themselves.
- Inflammation of the scalp.
There are a number of treatments that can help to manage hair loss in MS, including:
- Corticosteroids: These are anti-inflammatory drugs that can help to reduce inflammation around the hair follicles and so improve hair growth.
- Minoxidil: This is a medication that is applied to the scalp and is thought to work by stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles and so promote hair growth.
- Hair transplants: In some cases, hair transplants may be an option for people with MS who have significant hair loss. This is a complex procedure that should only be undertaken with the guidance of a specialist.
Hair loss is a common symptom of MS. It can occur in any area of the body, but is most often seen on the scalp. Hair loss can be temporary or permanent, and can occur in patches or all over the head. Some people with MS also experience changes in the texture and color of their hair.
If you are experiencing hair loss as a result of your MS, it is important to talk to your doctor or MS nurse about the best way to manage it. They will be able to offer you advice and support, and can refer you to specialist services if necessary.
There are a number of possible causes of hair loss in people with MS, including:
- Autoimmune disease Hair loss can be a result of the immune system attacking the hair follicles.
- Inflammation Inflammation of the hair follicles can lead to hair loss.
- Medications Some medications used to treat MS can cause hair loss as a side effect.
- Stress Stress can exacerbate other causes of hair loss, and can also be a trigger for new onset hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to speak with your doctor to rule out other potential causes and determine the best course of treatment. There are a number of effective treatments for MS-related hair loss, so you don't have to just accept it as a part of your disease.