Can Stress cause hair loss?
When a person is going through emotional stress or anxiety, the body goes into a sort of “flight or fight mode” producing hormones that will attempt to return the body back to normalcy. These hormones are capable of affecting every normal system function including hair growth. Some abnormalities include:
Telogen Effluvium: This is common in pregnant women and individuals going through emotional stress. Hormones produced due to significant stress causes overdue hair to remain in the resting phase which will eventually fall off all at once leaving bald patches on the scalp.
Trichotillomania: Also called hair-pulling disorder. It is a mental disorder that involves irresistible and excessive hair pulling from the eye brows, scalp and other areas of the body leaving a bald patch spot. This condition is related to depression, negative thoughts or loneliness. Trichotillomania rarely get better without treatment
Alopecia aerata: In this condition, the body’s autoimmune system attacks the hair follicles all over the body causing the hair to fall off. There’s no treatment for this condition although new scientific discoveries in immunotherapy are paving way for patients to recover and regrow lost hair.
Will Hair grow back eventually
Hair lost due to stress are only temporary. Rather than get yourself worked up over the fact of losing your hair, try and get your stress levels in check & work on maintaining a general healthy wellbeing. Within a few months, you will start to notice baby strands of hair regrowing.
How to treat stress related stress loss?
The first plan of action is to ascetain that stress is the actual cause of hair falling off. Some question to guide you are:
- Have you been getting enough sleep?
- Have you taken up a lot more work lately?
- Are you having trouble with your personal relationships?
- Have you increase your daily sugar intake?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it is likely your hair falling off is a temporary symptom alerting you of the changes in your body. The best quick action remedy is to exercise patience and work on restoring normalcy through a nutritious diet (rich in protein, iron, biotin) and engage in lots of physical activity. Your hair will start to return back to normal within a few months.
Tips that can help dealing with Stress
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, Yoga.
- Avoid too much sugar and caffeine.
- drink lots of water & try to eat healthy nutritious diets.
- Manage your time at work.
- Speak to other about emotional burden you may be having.
Two to three months past making these adjustments and there is no sign of regrowth, it is recommended you visit a dermatologist or doctor to investigate other possible causes of your hair loss.
What else can cause changes in hair growth
- emotional shock
- Folic acid deficiency
- iron deficiency
- contraceptive pills
- Thyroid imbalance