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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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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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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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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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Burning sensation on head scalp mix with liquid feeling when i'm stressing really bad with bad anxiety. What to do?

Burning sensation on head scalp mix with liquid feeling when i'm stressing really bad with bad anxiety. What to do?

SOUNDS UNCOMFORTABLE: Might be time to reduce stress and also see your dr. If stress does this talking with a psychotherapist seems right. Meds might help. Over several months meditation will help too. Lots of things can help so find someone who can assist you in making changes. I'd try a good psychotherapist for starters. ...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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I noticed some grey hair in my scalp near the follicles1; is this normal to appear at that age ?!what are the possible causes!!can it be bec of stress?!how to prevent this from spreading

I noticed some grey hair in my scalp near the follicles1; is this normal to appear at that age ?!what are the possible causes!!can it be bec of stress?!how to prevent this from spreading

Prob normal: Anyone in family grey. It will progress as you get older. Stress may speed up the process but there is no natural way to prevent this. You can color. But that is not preventing. Just covering ...Read more

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Have scalp sores for years, now have pain in left jaw , rash on both ankles, dr says it is stress . I feel like something is wrong dr will do nothing?

Have scalp sores for years, now have pain in left jaw , rash on both ankles, dr says it is stress  . I feel like something is wrong dr will do nothing?

See a dermatologist: Sometimes people have compulsive picking at skin as part of an anxiety disorder. A dermatologist will help manage the skin lesions. A psychiatrist (behavior therapy, meds) will help you deal with depression, anxiety, etc. People with normal diets need not waste money on ascorbic acid. ...Read more

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I have lupus that is now active, I have knots all on my scalp, sore to touch, under a great deal of stress, What could it be?

Lumps and bumps: Knotty muscles can arise during stress. Rashes can also create red, itchy bumps. Start by taking medications as directed and work with your doctor to get your lupus under control. Active disease is an additional major stressor. Your knots may be some of both. ...Read more

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Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?

More info: It is difficult to answer this without more information and examination. Your question is confusing - itchy dry patches on scalp but you don't think it is dry scalp problem.In general itchy scalp can be due to fungal infection, inflammation related disorders, skin diseases just to mention few. Please discuss it in detail with a physician. ...Read more

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Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

See a dermatologist: You must be examined and questioned by a DR who is familiar with hair and nail disorders. Only then will you understand what is happening and what you can do about it. ...Read more

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diangosis scalp folliculitis, it flares under stress. On 200mg minocin, (minocycline) tsal, clyndomyican. Been using this for 4 yrs. hurts bad, how can I soothe burning?

Sore scalp: I wonder if the T/Sal - which is a topical salicyclic acid product is giving you side effects. It is known that some slight skin burning, redness, and peeling may occur with the product. In addition, you're on dual antibiotic therapy so I wonder if this is all 'too much'. Have you seen a dermatologist for best management? The key here also is the STRESS you mention -I would look for ways to reduce ...Read more

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After stress and a flu my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

After stress and a flu  my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

Stress / cortisone: Whenever the body is stressed (whether it's a physical stress like the flu, or it's a psychological stress) cortisol is released. Stress hormones like cortisol can affect the body's hair cycles (in the most noticeable form this is called telogen effluvium). Unless you can cure stress, there's nothing you can do to prevent it or treat it! Nothing to worry about though. ...Read more

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