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Does Prednisone Cause Hair Loss?

Does Prednisone Cause Hair Loss?

Does Prednisone Cause Hair Loss?

I received this message from a Prednisone Warrior:

I took prednisone 20 mg for a week… but a couple days after I started noticing significant hair fall when I shower and brushing. I’ve been shedding for 8 months now. My hair is so thin, it may have slowed down these past couple of weeks but I’m still shedding really.

Is there any way this could be reversed?

My hair! Will it ever grow back after prednisone?

I personally lost 1/3 of my hair after I stopped taking prednisone. I stopped taking prednisone in the beginning of June. By the end of July, every time I brushed my hair, my brush would fill up completely. Entire brush-fulls, gone. The drain would clog. It was a mess. That lasted for about two months.

Time Passed

Then I waited. I couldn’t tell for sure, but it seemed like by February I had little shoots. By March (1.5 years later), there is a noticeable difference between the top and bottom of my braid. It’s a lot thicker. You can kind of see it in the video, below, that I’ve got thicker hair until about my shoulders, then it thins out below that.

My hair is super thick normally, so I was actually relieved to not have to deal with so much hair. It was months of falling out and then it stopped being so heavy slowly. Then several months later I noticed it thickening again.

So yes, your hair will grow back after prednisone!

Watch this video about Prednisone Hair Loss: 👱‍♀️ to 👩‍🦲 (Side Effect)

When does Prednisone Cause Hair Loss?

It usually happens AFTER taking prednisone but it can also while still taking it.

Does Prednisone Cause Other Hair Changes?

Yes, prednisone can cause hirsutism, which is male-pattern hair growth. In women it can cause facial hair. In men it can cause other hormonal changes as well.

How Did Your Hair Grow Back?

I’ve been asked what I did to make it grow back. Personally, I did nothing but wait, because my hair is ridiculous. It’s normally so thick that in elementary school other kids made fun of me for my “lions mane.” For the first time in my life, I felt like I had normally thick hair. I know this is unique, but I didn’t really want it to come back. Having 1/3 less hair was just right for me. But it did grow back, and that’s what matters.

What can you do?

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat foods
    • high in omega-3 fatty acids,
    • high in vitamin C like dark green leafy veggies
    • organic free-range eggs for omega-3s, biotin and protein
  • Take supplements

Which Supplements do you Recommend?

Other suggestions from functional medicine pharmacists include:

  1. Castor oil in scalp
  2. Hair massage
  3. Biotin up to 100 mg daily
  4. Michael’s Hair, Skin & Nails

What have YOU found helpful?

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