Hair loss is a symptom that occurs occasionally in ME/CFS. It can also be a symptom of comorbid illnesses such as hypothyroidism or systemic lupus erythematosus. Hair loss can occur either in patches (alopecia areata), or, more commonly, as a general thinning across the head.
- Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 20-35% for hair loss.
- Endocrine changes
- Medication side effect (e.g. DHEA, Ampligen, Elmiron)
- Lysine deficiency
- Excessive Vitamin A intake
- Excessive selenium intake
- Increase in stress hormones
- Diagnosis and treatment of comorbid illnesses such as hypothyroidism or systemic lupus erythematosus
- Avoidance of harsh hair products
- B vitamins
- Coenzyme Q10
- Erica Verrillo (14 September 2012), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (Kindle eBook)
- Berne, Katrina (1 Dec 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915