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Stress And Hair Loss 

Stress and hair loss has long been associated but perhaps a little miss-understood.

When we are happy and healthy it is often evident in the way we look. Our skin and hair look bright and shiny and our overall demeanor has a spring in its step.

However when stress becomes a part of daily lives and we do nothing about it begins to affect our overall physical health and this can be shown in the condition of our hair.

Although it is natural to lose a small amount of hair each day, it is not normal to notice our hair thinning or even for small bald patches to occur over a short period of time. When this happens it could be stress affecting your health

Will Stress Cause Permanent Hair Loss?

Hair loss caused by stress is normally only temporary and usually only lasts while the stress is present. However it can take some time for the hair growth to return to normal, it can be up to 6 months.So How Is Stress And Hair Loss Connected?

However if extreme stress is experienced for a longer periods it could cause permanent damage to the hair and causes permanent baldness, however this is much rarer.

So How Is Stress And Hair Loss Connected?

Extreme episodes of stress such as:

  • Divorce
  • Deaths
  • Lost jobs
  • Surgery
  • After an accident

can trigger temporary hair loss known as Telogen Effluvium. This condition causes the hair to simply stop growing, which means that after a few months the hair naturally falls out and is not replaced.

A hair can remain in the head for around 3 months before it falls out, so there may be periods where clumps of hair start to falls out at intervals as the individual hairs reach the end of their life. This is way it appears that you are suddenly loosing lots of hair all at once.

However once the stress has passed, the hair will begin to grow again as before, but this may take several months and during this time it is important not to let the hair loss become another source of stress.

There is another type of hair loss which can be triggered by intense stress and this is known as Alopecia Areata. This condition causes white blood cells to attack the hair follicles and stop it growing.

With this condition it often begins on just one small spot on the scalp; however it may spread and in extreme cases can cause total baldness as well as effecting hair on other parts of the body too. This condition can be reversed once the stress is removed from the person’s life.

Avoiding Stress And Hair Loss

As with all stress the best way to resolve it is to banish the cause from your life. Of course this is not always possible, but should be the first option to consider if possible.

If the cause of the stress cannot be removed then it is vital that you learn to manage the stress so that it does not have adverse effects on your health.

Thirty minutes of relaxation a day is essential in allowing your body time to de-stress and recoup. It may not sound much but it has a cumulative effect and your body will become stronger and better able to cope with life’s stresses and strains.

Use the methods described here on this site to help you relax and find time for yourself.

If you feel that the pressures you are under is just too great then seek advice from your doctor who may temporarily prescribe medication to help you through a particularly stressful period. Or he may advice some counselling help if your stress is caused by something like grief or divorce.

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