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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress directly cause hair loss or is it the effects?

Can stress directly cause hair loss or is it the effects?

See below: Stress can cause hairloss. It's temporary and the hair will typically grow back normally. ...Read more

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Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Stress and thyroid cause hair loss. What else?

Many things: Any acute illness or surgery, psoriasis or other skin disease if it affects the scalp, some meds, genetics, age... ...Read more

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Could hair loss be caused by stress? How to control it or stop it ?

Could hair loss be caused by stress? How to control it or stop it ?

Certainly so: Yes, stress can trigger hair loss. However, you deserve a more full evaluation for the potential causes of hair loss. I would suggest you see a dermatologist to determine what could be causing your problem. This is a difficult question to clearly answer in such a short space. I hope this was at least a little helpful. ...Read more

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I am a female in my in my early 20s and have started to lose lots of hair daily. I don't know the cause of hair loss. But I have been under stress. ?

I am a female in my in my early 20s and have started to lose lots of hair daily. I don't know the cause of hair loss. But I have been under stress. ?

See a dermatologist: There are several types of hair loss from different causes and with different treatments. You need an exam by a pro. Emotional stress is NOT likely to be the reason. When you go, be prepared to discuss pregnancies, birth control, menstrual history, illnesses, injuries and surgeries, weight change. Bring all meds, vitamins, nutritional supplements, etc. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

How to differentiate between hair loss caused by stress or hair loss caused by genetics? Any specific hair loss patterns specific to different causes?

The amount of loss: Stress induced hair loss occur in clumps and diffuse--ie. many hairs fall out at once on your comb, in the shower, on your pillow, etc. When your body is under stress, it signals your hairs to fall out. That transition takes around 3-4 months. Stress induced hair loss today is in response to an event that occurred 3-4mos ago. Androgentic hair loss is gradual usually start on vertex and temples ...Read more

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Can stress & anxiety cause hair loss in areas all over your body? Some areas are small spots other areas are fairly large- does it also slow regrowth?

Can stress & anxiety cause hair loss in areas all over your body? Some areas are small spots other areas are fairly large- does it also slow regrowth?

Possibly: Alopecia areata or patchy hair loss has anxiety as one of the triggers. Definitely would consult a dermatologist and look at any other causes-- i.e. Hypothyroidism, other medications, other medical causes. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more