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21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

Multiple poss,: Whatever the issue, stress may be resulting in or adding to the issue. Alopecea areata is hair loss that can be caused by stress, get on some zantac (ranitidine) 150mg. If no medical reason is found, and often there isn't ( adrenal insufficiency, thyroid, autoimmune dz) then Mirtazapine is a great drug for insomnia, appetite and mood/anxiety. It works well in those with your profile but you need to be seen. ...Read more

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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 be a cause of dry itchy flaky scalp? Any answers appreciated!

Can stress be a cause of dry itchy flaky scalp? Any answers appreciated!

Stress may be 1 fact: Above, lack of thorough daily washing.Cortisol of stress and DHEAS of adrenal from stress may be important..TRy hard to reduce your stress level. ...Read more

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Could pinching pain on scalp be due to anxiety? Let's say after person is stressed or flustered , then a pinching pain in scalp comes & goes

Could pinching pain on scalp be due to anxiety? Let's say after person is stressed or flustered , then a pinching pain in scalp comes & goes

Pinched nerve neck: The symptoms you describe are consistent with a pinched or irriated nerve in the neck region (such as the greater occipital nerve, lesser occiptial nerve, greater auricular nerve, C1, C2 etc.). I am not sure where on the scalp the pain is, but each nerve has a specific distribution on the scalp. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting scabs on my scalp? My mam says it's stress?

Why do I keep getting scabs on my scalp? My mam says it's stress?

Several causes: A "scab" is a rough protective crust the forms over a cut or wound. But when it comes to the scalp, most scabs don't come from a condition itself but result from repeated scratching which injures the skin. Conditions such as eczema, dandruff and psoriasis cause irritation of the scalp,which in turn causes scratching and then scab formation. SEE: http://bit.ly/1BDp67O and http://bit.ly/1yC8iSn ...Read more

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I've noticed every time i stress about something i get a weird burning sensation on my scalp.. What could this be?

I've noticed every time i stress about something i get a weird burning sensation on my scalp.. What could this be?

Anxiety: I understand your concern. At age 24, problems and conflicts with parents, relationships with turmoil and separations, work and finances can cause Anxiety with physical symptoms. Relax by, Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, and Meditation. See a Therapist to cope with stressors in life, resolve conflicts and turmoil in the relationships, and to improve your functioning at work and in per ...Read more

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Help! could stress cause tender spot on scalp ?

Help! could stress cause tender spot on scalp ?

I don't know about: Having one specific tender spot. However, I have seen some people who have such severe tension headaches that their scalp muscles are sore to the touch. ...Read more

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Scalp fungus area behind my head hair looks like it wont grow someone pointed out it could b stress or fungus.

Scalp fungus area behind my head hair looks like it wont grow someone pointed out it could b stress or fungus.

In-person visit: Your best information would come from either your primary care physician or possibly a dermatologist looking at the area you're concerned about. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a smelly scalp?, i take a shower everyday but when I am in stress or my head gets hot it smells like farts

What can I do if I have a smelly scalp?, i take a shower everyday but when I am in stress or my head gets hot it smells like farts

Smelly Scalp: Scalp smell may be caused by an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in the area. Additionally, an overproduction of bacteria, yeast or fungus on the scalp might cause a persistent infection. If your scalp infection is caused by a fungus, using an antibacterial treatment will not cure the smell. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis on my scalp anus and genitals do to a lot of stress recently, how do to relieve the symptoms? I'm using xaniol for my scalp currently

I have psoriasis on my scalp anus and genitals do to a lot of stress recently, how do to relieve the symptoms? I'm using xaniol for my scalp currently

Stress certainly...: ...Worsens psoriasis (and many other medical conditions). Effective treatments for scalp are very different from those for genital area. Your best option is to consult a dermatologist with expertise in psoriasis treatment, as there are numerous options available. Non-prescription medications, in my experience, are ineffective; don't waste your money on them. ...Read more

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more