Stress And Hair Loss

If you see a clump of hair coming off your scalp when you wash your hair if you see more hair on your comb than usual, it is a clear sign of hair loss. It is also a cause for concern and needs to be addressed immediately.  The hair shifts to rest phase from growth phase when you are under stress for a pronged period of time. You can notice considerable amount of hair falling within a few months.  The name of this process is Telogen effluvium, stress related hair condition.

Stress can play havoc on hair in addition to normal health. Many patients with patchy hair loss or alopecia are the victims of stress. Whether it is work related stress or that caused by hormonal imbalance or sudden grievance in the family can have a severe impact the body condition. Both emotional and physical stress (such as a serious illness or recovery from surgery) has been associated with hair loss.

It is possible that stress induces hormonal changes that are responsible for hair loss.  Research has shown that hair loss is a consequence of other hormonal changes due to pregnancy, thyroid disturbances, or even from taking oral contraceptives. Physical stress in terms of poor diet and work overload takes a toll on the quality and quantity of hair. Depression often causes hair loss.

Types of Hair Loss

  1. The common type of hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium. This is severe type of hair loss, the hair stops growing and lies dormant, only to fall out 2 or 3 months later. Then it grows back within 6 to 9 months.
  2. The other type of Stress-Induced hair loss is known as Alopecia Areata. It involves a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles. This type of hair loss, the hair falls out within weeks (usually in patches), but we can involve the entire scalp and even body hair. The Hair might grow on its own.

Normal Hair Loss

In general we all lose about 100 hairs per day, out of the 100,000 contained by the average scalp, due to the actors as such:

  • Lifespan: The average lifespan of a single hair is 4.5 years. Then it falls out and is generally replaced in six months time.
  • Styling: Activities such as shampooing, blow drying, and brushing hair can also cause a few hairs to fall out; the use of harmful chemicals in these products and cosmetics can result in hair loss.
  • Aging: After the age of 30 and often before, men and women both start losing hair, though men tend to do it at a faster rate.

Remedy for stress related hair loss

When hair loss persists you should consult a dermatologist without delay. The possible solutions are counseling to relieve stress and taking multivitamins tablets and inclusion of omega 3 supplements and food items fatty that contain it to stimulate better hair growth.



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