Coping with Fibromyalgia and Hair Loss
Losing a lot of hair at once and getting bald spots can be super alarming but the important thing is to remember that it is only temporary.
Heather shares her tips about fibromyalgia hair loss and how to cope with it.
What Causes Hair Loss in Fibromyalgia Patients?
Hair loss can be triggered by things like illness, hormone imbalance, and stress.
People tend to notice they have more hair loss or deal with telogen effluvium before a big flare or during a big flare.
Dealing with multiple factors that cause this type of hair loss, such as illness and stress, can make it worse or reoccur more often. This is the same condition that causes postpartum hair loss.
Tips on Coping with Hair Loss
Eat Nutritiously and Get Sleep
First, try some vitamins that are good for your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin and collagen are excellent options to try.
Second, get enough sleep. This is hard when you’re dealing with insomnia from fibromyalgia, but try some relaxing breathing techniques to help calm your mind.
Reduce Your Stress
Try to find things that help you manage your stress as best you can. This will help a lot with the hair loss and will help you feel calmer.
Use a Low Chemical Shampoo
Shampoos and conditioners that aren’t natural and are filled with chemicals that can be very damaging to your hair and scalp. It’s essential to keep your scalp healthy when trying to restore hair growth.
Avoid Heat on Your Hair
Heat can be damaging to your hair, which is not good when your hair’s already weak and falling out.
Blow dryers, flat irons or curling irons shouldn’t be used too often. Let your hair naturally dry. Sometimes it’s okay to use these products, but try not to use them daily or too often during the week.
By not using any heat on your hair it, you’re helping your hair grow back faster and stronger.
Get a Haircut
Getting a haircut can help cover any balding spots and it’s another way to help restore back your self-confidence. Ask your hairdresser what would look best on you and they will be more than happy to help you out.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you feel your hair loss is not temporary or not growing back, try talking with your doctor about possible treatments and next steps for hair growth.
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