Hello. I have a rare type of mild skin condition called “Raynaud’s disease” or “Raynaud’s phenomenon”. It basically consists of a tingling sensation on the surface of my skin and scalp, in a designated area for a second or two, when I experience stress or anxiety. For a long time I have wondered if it would eventually lead to thinning or balding on my scalp. I have not experienced any bad side effects yet, but I wanted professional opinions. Do you think my condition will lead to hair-loss? Do people that lose their hair physically feel it prior? Do I have any reason to be concerned?
Raynaud’s phenomenon and Raynaud’s disease, a similar disorder, may be associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma. Genetic female balding is present in 50% of women (most are past 50) and these women can get Raynaud’s disease as well. I would not focus upon hair loss that you might get. This would not be a productive exercise. People with full blown autoimmune diseases like the ones mentioned above, can experience hair loss.