Lupus and your body

When lupus causes hair loss, will it grow back?

Dr. Werth is a professor of dermatology and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical-Scientific Advisory Council.

See all of Victoria P. Werth, MD's answers.

Whether or not hair grows back on the scalp depends on whether there is scarring, as well as how much scarring there might be. When the hair loss is widespread, but there is no scarring, the hair will often grow back. If there is too much damage to the skin, the hair may not be able to regrow. If you have lupus and find that you are experiencing hair loss, do not use over-the-counter hair loss treatments before speaking with your doctor. Talk to a dermatologist about your treatment options.

Medically reviewed on January 24, 2014