Have you been feeling a lot of pressure recently? It happens to all of us at times but constant stress or even a large dose of stress in a short time period is never a good thing. It can create a myriad of health problems and other life difficulties.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause:
- Muscle pain
- Overeating or under-eating
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco use
- Sleep problems
RHRLI Wants You Informed About Hair Loss
There is one other condition that can be stress related and that’s hair loss. At RHRLI we want our patients to know the different conditions related to losing your hair and if you’re looking for a permanent solution to your thinning hair, we can help. It’s called the ARTAS® procedure and it’s a hair transplant that uses robotic technology to give you minimally invasive treatment. We consult about all different types of hair loss with our patients and we want to let you know about the connection between stress and hair loss.
Types of Hair Loss Associated with Stress
There are three types of hair loss that are related to stress. Perhaps the condition most associated with stress is telogen effluvium. The name refers to one of the phases of the hair growth cycle, according to WebMD. The telogen phase is the resting phase of the cycle. Telogen Effluvium (TE) occurs when there are changes in the number of follicles growing hair. TE patients show a significant drop in the number of hair follicles that are dormant. The result of this is shedding and hair loss.
One of the things that may trigger TE is a shock to your system that causes follicles to go into the resting phase. According to WebMD this type of TE is often very sudden and can become noticeable in a month or two. One very common trigger for stress related TE is when it happens to women after giving birth. This is called postpartum alopecia.
Other shocks to the system that cause TE include physical trauma, crash dieting and reactions to certain types of medications such as antidepressants and some vaccinations. There is a dispute among many medical professionals as to whether vitamin or mineral deficiencies may cause TE.
Another type of stress related hair loss is Trichotillomania. according to the Mayo Clinic. This is a condition that some people have where they have an irresistible urge to pull their hair out. It can be pulled from your scalp, eyebrows or body hair. It’s believed that trichotillomania can be caused by negative feelings and stress can be a contributing factor.
Finally, alopecia areata, a condition in which your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles also can be caused by a number of factors including stress.
RHRLI Offers a Permanent Solution to Hair Loss
More often than not, the types of hair loss that are related to stress are not permanent, although sometimes it can be a long term proposition. If you are looking for a permanent solution, ARTAS® can help. RHRLI is the only hair restoration center on Long Island that has it. Contact us today.