I had my first Lemtrada dose in June 2017. I want to know if I can use electrolysis as hair removal mechanism while using Lemtrada and if there is any special consideration I should take into account if I go through both, specially when I get my second dose. Thanks for your support and happy new year.
There are many potential skin complications from electrolysis; the trauma of the procedure can certain lead to skin infections in immunosuppressed people. I would make sure the procedure is done by a licensed professional under the supervision of a doctor . I would not do electrolysis, if you’ve experienced problems with recurrent bacterial or fungal skin infections or if your blood counts are abnormal before the procedure (especially the white blood counts). It is probably best to avoid the procedure for 2 to 3 months after Lemtrada treatments, even if these other conditions are met.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego