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You have heard this message time and time again: It’s important for family caregivers to take care of their own health so they can stay strong enough to take care of their loved ones! But as a family caregiver, it’s difficult to find the time because caregiving takes so much work and energy. Being a family caregiver can be like having another full-time job.

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Although the scalp can be frequently involved with pemphigus/pemphigoid, associated hair loss has only rarely been described. In one case, treatment with oral and topical corticosteroids combined with mycophenolate mofetil resulted in clinical remission, with regrowth of scalp hair. (1)

The main connection between prednisone and hair loss seems to be that, as a side effect of using of the drug, some users have complained of thinning hair.  High doses of the drug can make hair more brittle. This brittleness can make hair more fragile and increase shedding and breakage. Hair thinning may become more severe in individuals taking prednisone who also choose to use a chemical process on their hair such as hair dye or a perm. (2)

The connection between prednisone and hair loss is still being explored.  If you are experiencing hair loss, it is best to discuss with your dermatologist and a change in dosage or the use of additional medications may be used to help avoid this side effect.

I do know of one patient who experienced patches of hair loss.  She wore baseball caps all the time.  It did take a few years, but as she tapered off of her medications, her hair did grow back.  There is no timetable for this as each patient has a different level of antibody activity.  However, do not give up hope.  The hair will return.

(1)      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3927177/

(2)     http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-connection-between-prednisone-and-hair-loss.htm

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Conferences are an excellent way for us to meet dental professionals and spread awareness of P/P and the IPPF. In November, we attended the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. December found us at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in New York City, and in January we kicked off the new year at the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

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