Can Hair Loss Be Caused by Stress?

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stress2020 has unloaded enough stress to cause all of us to become sick. The medical community has long known that stress is a factor in many illnesses, including heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, depression and digestive issues. If you can lower your stress, you can certainly improve your health.

To add insult to injury, stress can cause hair loss, sometimes severe hair loss. Since 2020 has been so difficult for the general public due to COVID-19, you can assume that a lot of hair has been shed. While this symptom is certainly disturbing, it usually isn’t permanent.

Stress Hair Loss Types

A high-stress level can cause or contribute to several types of hair loss. They include:

Telogen effluvium – This type occurs when stress causes much of your hair to go into its resting phase at the same time instead of over a staggered period. In a few months, you may start to shed masses of hair at once.

Trichotillomania – People with trichotillomania feel compelled to pull out their scalp hair, facial hair and/or body hair. This condition is harder to control when your stress levels ramp up.

Alopecia areata – This illness is caused by your body’s immune system attacking your hair follicles, leading to varying degrees of hair loss. Stress is considered to be a contributing factor in this disease.

Most people lose between 50-100 hairs each day. If you consistently notice more hair loss than that or develop thinning or patchy spots on your scalp, you should consult your physician.

Recovering Your Hair

People with telogen effluvium usually regrow their hair in a few months. A sudden weight loss, an illness with a high fever or giving birth can lead to this condition. Some people who had COVID-19 have reported significant hair loss during the months after their recovery.

Trichotillomania sufferers should seek counseling to deal with this condition. Often, you can learn to control your compulsive hair plucking and let your hair regrow. People with alopecia areata sometimes fully recover their hair, while others experience permanent hair loss. If you suffer from this condition, our staff at Custom Hair Tampa Bay is technically trained in the latest state-of-the-art hair replacement systems and hair loss treatment options for you that are undetectable to others and only use the finest human hair. To schedule a free consultation click here.

 

 

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