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does stress cause hair to grey? i am 35, and already have a lot of greying hair. is this normal? is it due to stress?

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Dr. Steven Seres
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
I : I think you might ask a dermatologist (skin doctor) for their opinion on this, but i've always found it interesting how much our presidents' hair grays from the start to end of their terms. I think the fact is that stress can cause this, but the strongest determinant is likely genetic.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Can be stress: Or genetics i was greying at 18 my 17 year old son has dozens already.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Graying of hair is: related to genetic predisposition. Age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors: nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin B levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery & marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. Aging is a significant factor. In general –

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can stress really cause your hair to turn white or grey? If so, why does it do that?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
The Maelstrom: Edgar allan poe described the fisherman caught in the maelstrom with premature white hair. No one really believes that this is true. Pigment of the hair gradually fades with age. Disease and genetics (albinism) can alter the pigment cells, but the effect is slow and specific to those hairs that lack the pigment.

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