Anyone have hair loss wearing cpap headgear?
on 10/21/07 5:24 pm
Hi Kellie, the only way your cpap could cause you to lose hair is from the straps rubbing and making your hair fragile so that it breaks off in mid strand. It would not cause your hair to fall out from the hair folicle. Hair loss can be caused by many things including medication, stress (physical and/or mental) and hormones etc. It can be difficult to find the cause or to treat so you should discuss it with your PCP. Good luck and hopefully it will stop soon. Skylar
Beginning weight: 284
Surgery weight: 251
Current weight: 149
I wear a sleep cap over my hair and it serves as a barrier between my head gear and my hair. I started wearing it because my head gear's velcro kept pulling at my hair. They sell sleep caps at beauty supply stores and sometimes even in the grocery store. You might try it out and see if it helps.
Best of Luck to you,
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Do you by any chance have a thyroid condition?? Hypothyroidism is notorious for causing hair loss. Maybe you should have your PCP order some thyroid labs. I have lived with hypothyroidism for the past 10 years. It is not a pleasant thing to deal with, but it can be dealt with with proper diagnoses and medication. Just an idea. I have wore my cpap mask for the past year and half, and it doesn't cause hair loss for me. Missy
Often times the first few times that thyroid labs are done, they end up having a "normal" result. I have a really good friend who started complaining about thinning hair, weight gain, constipation, forgetfulness ect.... I told her then to have her doctor check her thyroid levels as it sounded to me like she was suffering with hypothyroidism. Well she did, and her level came back at the high end of normal.
I told her to keep an eye on her symptoms and make sure the doctor tests again later. I told her to insist on it. She followed my advise and sure enough, 6 months after the first test, her level was off.
My surgeon ordered a ton of pre op labs and they included thyroid levels. I am sure that most surgeons do, but you may want to call your surgeons office and ask. If I was you I would get it tested before then so that if it is the problem you can get started on medication. Off thyroid levels can and will contribute to slow healing from any illness or surgery. Missy