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Can stress be a reason for hair loss in I youth ?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
13 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, a condition known as telogen effluvium can be precipitated by stress.
Typically this occurs anywhere from 3-6 months after a stressful situation, and can persist even longer than that after the situation is better. This should cause hair thinning all over (not in just patches) and should no cause any scarring.

In brief: Yes

Yes, a condition known as telogen effluvium can be precipitated by stress.
Typically this occurs anywhere from 3-6 months after a stressful situation, and can persist even longer than that after the situation is better. This should cause hair thinning all over (not in just patches) and should no cause any scarring.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Recognizing stress and learning some helpful ways to react to it can prevent the hair loss. Biofeedback can be helpful as can deep breathing and meditation Tai Chi is movement meditation. There are adaptogens that can also help your stress response. The best treatment is always prevention.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Stress and hair loss

Temporary hair loss can be caused by significant stress, both physical and emotional.
This type of telogen effluvium can occur after hospitalization, severe illness, even pregnancy, but the hair resumes growth after a few months. Usually stress does not cause a long term hair loss and if there is gradual thinning, over years then it is probably genetic, or endocrine disorders such as low thyroid.

In brief: Stress and hair loss

Temporary hair loss can be caused by significant stress, both physical and emotional.
This type of telogen effluvium can occur after hospitalization, severe illness, even pregnancy, but the hair resumes growth after a few months. Usually stress does not cause a long term hair loss and if there is gradual thinning, over years then it is probably genetic, or endocrine disorders such as low thyroid.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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