Have you experienced hair loss?
By June 13 at 3:12 pm 228 3 2
People with RA and other autoimmune diseases experience hair loss for two reasons. Once of those is because hair loss can be a symptom and the other is because of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Methotrexate is one of the biggest culprits to hair loss in RA patients. One to three percent of the people that take it lose their hair. The reason is because the medication actually does what is supposed to do. It stops cells from growing and among those cells are the ones that produce inflammation and hair follicles. Many patients who take methotrexate also take folic acid to lessen the side effects and folic acid contains a B complex vitamin which can help to keep hair healthy.
Has hair loss been an issue for you? Is the hair loss a side effect of one of your medications or is your hair loss a symptom of RA?