Stress and Hair Loss
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 21, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Stress and Hair Loss
Stress and hair loss is something that a lot of people are not aware of or tend to set aside the connection between the two. After all most people think that hair loss is purely hereditary in nature, as a lot of them see hair loss in their history from their grandparents to their parents and even further up their lineage.
Causes of Hair Loss
However, a lot of hair loss cases are caused by stress and most people don’t even recognize or are not addressing that connection. While a lot of cases of stress are treated through medications and therapy or relaxation methods, most often, they don’t really address the hair loss part of the issue. Then again, most treatments for hair loss likewise don’t address stress related hair loss issues too. Fortunately, there are some comprehensive treatments for hair loss that treat both hereditary issues and stress related hair loss issues, as problems to hair loss due to stress may only be due to vitamin deficiencies or hair follicles among others.
A lot of people surely know that stress can cause a lot of problems in their lifestyle and well-being, as it does not only affect their emotional, social, and mental health, but also their physical well-being as well. Unfortunately, the elusive connection between stress and hair loss is more than a myth, in fact it is very real. Stress related hair loss is a very real problem for many men and women. In fact, stress and hair loss are definitely connected, as is stress and hair thinning. Even excessive hair loss can be attributed to stress, although heredity or genetics and other factors are mostly considered and play a part as well. People who are losing significant amount of hair and have no history of hair loss in their family might be experiencing stress related hair loss. Physical stress like diseases or illnesses and injuries can also be contributed to unnatural hair loss as well.
Types Of Stress Related Hair Loss
Basically, there are two types of stress related hair loss and these are Alopecia Areata and telogen effluvium, as the latter is much less severe compared to alopecia areata. Telogen effluvium occurs when hair stops growing, as hair falls around two to three months later. The lost hair will typically grow back about six to nine months later. Alopecia areata is more severe and worse. This stress related hair loss disorder usually affects the scalp and sometimes the whole body. The hair loss happens rather fast and in clumps or patches and has been afflicting millions of people all around the world. People suffering with alopecia areata have a relatively poor immune system due to stress, as the hair follicles in the scalp are being attacked by white blood cells causing the hair loss. Worse cases of alopecia areata involve losing entire body hair.
Fortunately, stress and hair loss can be treated and managed, and if left untreated can quickly lead to more severe chronic stress and hair loss. Although hair loss is among the many ways stress affects our lifestyle and well-being, which is why it is essential to treat and manage it fast. Meditation, relaxation, a well balanced diet and good exercise, as well as some good medications or herbal supplements can be very effective in treating stress and hair loss.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan