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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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Why is stress cause of hair fall ?

Why is stress cause of hair fall ?

Hair loss: Stress can affect the body in different ways - hair loss is only one. Many things can cause hair loss in addition to stress - hormonal changes, poor nutrition, chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I am 21 year old & I m having a massive hair fall due to stress & tension. Is there any way to stop it?

I am 21 year old & I m having a massive hair fall due to stress & tension. Is there any way to stop it?

Yes: Manage the stress. Also a good mineral supplement or Hair Skin & Nails for three months could help. Also check your iron levels and thyroid function. ...Read more

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I dont have as much hair on top of my head anymore either i dnt think i have mpb i have alot of stress but how does your hair fall out from stress?

I dont have as much hair on top of my head anymore either i dnt think i have mpb i have alot of stress but how does your hair fall out from stress?

Hair does: not "fall out" from stress!! There are "tales" about individuals loosing hair after a severe shock or life threatening event. Hair acn fall out with major illnesses but usually this kind of hair loss is reversable!! What you are describing is classic MALE PATTERN BALDNESS This is HEREDITARY and sometimes responds to ROGAINE (minoxidil) treatment. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Y is my hair falling out very little by little every time I brush or pick up my hair..all day jus pieces of pieces of hair fall out...not stressed so?

There are many: medical, psychological and environmental causes. The most common is trauma from curlers, coloring agents, straighteners etc. applied at home or the beauty shop. Some hair loss, or breakage, is normal. Check w/your doctor or a dermatologist, ...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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Why does stress contribute to hair loss?

Why does stress contribute to hair loss?

Stress: Probably nothing unless you start pulling out your hair. With your stress a consult with a Psychologist would be in order. ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more