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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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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

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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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Is it true that stress can cause hair loss? Not in patches...I mean like running your fingers thru your your hair and about 30 strands falling out.

Hair loss: Yes it is possible that stress can cause hair loss but it is important to also rule out medical causes. See your primary care doctor to rule out the medical causes. If medical causes are ruled out, then monitoring and managing stress would be the next strategy. ...Read more

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Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Can daily stress be a major cause of male hair loss? Does it increase the male hormone? Can hair grow back?

Yes: Stress can result in many effects including hair shedding on anybody- male or female, Stress can also elevate cortisol levels that in turn can lower testosterone. Hair can grow back if the underlying issues are addressed. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/definition/con-20027666 ...Read more

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Does masturbation causes hair loss or alopecia in men ? What is dht ? M facing a problem of hair loss and thinning . Is this all due to masturbation , stress or what ?

Does masturbation causes hair loss or alopecia in men ? What is dht ? M facing a problem of hair loss and thinning . Is this all due to masturbation , stress or what ?

It just doesn't: One of the cults is frightening teenage men with phony scientific-sounding talk suggesting that if do what comes naturally, they'll go bald. This is just a lie. You should ignore these people. Male pattern baldness is genetically programmed and closely linked to how much chest hair you're naturally blessed with -- just look around. I'm sorry that someone troubled you over this foolish stuff. ...Read more

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Does binge eating and sometimes not eating also stress can causes hair loss ?

Does binge eating and sometimes not eating  also stress can causes hair loss ?

Yes: Alopecia which is the medical term or hair loss has many etioligies inclusive of binge eating, anorexia, and any form of stress. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Sertraline to cause a receding hairline? If so, how can a medication that reduces stress levels cause more hair loss?

Is it possible for Sertraline to cause a receding hairline? If so, how can a medication that reduces stress levels cause more hair loss?

Baldness: baldness can cause stress and vice versa,typically stress induced hearing loss tends to be patchy. Any drug can theoretically promote hair loss. Talk to your prescribing physicians, possibly consult with a dermatologist for an inspection. Male pattern hair loss can be seen at your age ...Read more

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I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

I've got hair loss from my head, legs, underarms & all over my body. I'm not anemic, my THS is normal, & I'm not stressed. What is the likely cause?

Think about biopsy: You may have alopecia areata. Especially nowadays, when many male fitness exemplars shave their entire bodies and many women profess to dislike men's body hair, this can be a HUGE plus. Stay super-fit and you'll look and feel better than 95% of other guys, regardless of where you do or don't have hair. ...Read more

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Due to excessive stress i'm experiencing hair loss , loss of appetite and poor sleep, afraid as i might fall into depression. Help me?

Due to excessive stress i'm experiencing hair loss , loss of appetite and poor sleep, afraid as i might fall into depression. Help me?

Get checked out: You need to keep in touch with your primary care physician in order to make sure you are looking good from an internal medicine standpoint through appropriate examination and testing i see you already have been diagnosed as hypothyroid as well. I would also discuss the need of the statin as some people feel lousy on those. You may need a psychological or psychiatric evaluation as well soon! ...Read more

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While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

While stress/thyroid/vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss, is hair loss around the crown of the head normal?

Male pattern loss: Hair loss around the crown of the head in men, is usually part of male pattern hair loss -- and while upsetting to many men, is "normal." http://www.Webmd.Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens some research is now developing about vitamin d in this situation -- it's not ready for clinical application yet, as it's only gone as far as animal research. ...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