Will You Have Hair Loss with Lidocaine?
Since we cover every aspect of hair color trends and hair health, I want to take a step back and look at some of the latest research into hair-related side effects for common topical medications. Today, let’s look at Lidocaine. I cite plenty of skin care articles and statistical studies, but remember that a doctor will tell you everything in more reliable detail. Without further ado, let’s start talking about the details of Lidocaine and hair loss!
What is Lidocaine?
First of all, Lidocaine is not a brand, but an ingredient. When you search for ‘lidocaine cream,’ your brands will all have different inactive ingredients. Stuff heavy with petroleum, paraben preservatives, and similar binding materials are the likely cause of negative side effects, due to their known association with skin irritation. That’s why searching for a good brand is important—both for your health and your hair (which aren’t exactly mutually exclusive, but I digress).
You might find yourself asking ‘What on earth is Lidocaine, why is it common in households, and why would I ever take it?’ Lidocaine cream and spray is a topical medication that numbs your nerve endings and relieves you from many types of pain. It can be used to soothe sunburns, rashes, cuts, scratches, burns, small skin surgeries, tattoos, and piercings. It is also available over-the-counter thanks to its relatively low amount of side effects.
Hair Loss as Side Effects of Lidocaine?
Now, let’s get into the side effects. That’s the part where hair comes in, after all! According to recent stats, hair loss correlates with certain populations that use lidocaine cream. This includes people with multiple myeloma, depression, insomnia, and other miscellaneous illnesses. All of these illnesses can also cause hair loss on their own, which would likely begin at the same time as application of a pain reliever.
Similarly, the other side effects of lidocaine (joint pain, stress, insomnia, and fatigue) are similarly associated with these more common side effects, somewhat highlighting the phrase ‘correlation does not equal causation.’ To top it all off, things which encourage the use of Lidocaine cream will naturally cause hair loss in the affected area—namely burns, tattoos, scratches, and surgeries—which would occur without Lidocaine cream anyways. It is quite possible that all of the hair loss can be attributed to the location of the lidocaine cream reacting to bad brands, rather than unrelated scalp hair falling off.
Nonetheless, I would like to recommend you find high-quality brands of Lidocaine cream if you need pain relief, stay aware of the side effects, ask your doctor about using it, follow up with other types of skin care that treat more than pain, and avoid putting it on your face and scalp (where there are side effects involving your nerves as well!). It is meant primarily to treat topical pain through small applications and not anything else.