Have you ever noticed your hair falling out when you feel especially stressed out? Unfortunately, during the current coronavirus pandemic, everyone is feeling especially stressed. You may have already noticed your hair falling out more often, or may notice in the coming months. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three specific types of hair loss that are closely related to stress levels. If you are concerned that you may have one of these conditions, please talk to your doctor.
The first is called telogen effluvium. It is categorized as a scalp disorder that may appear when you are under a lot of stress. If you have experienced a traumatic event or are under lots of stress and anxiety, it could cause your hair to fall out. Your hair follicles may go into a resting phase. Then, you may notice that a lot of hair is coming out in the shower or when you brush your hair. Luckily, this condition is reversible when you start implementing stress relieving practices.
The second condition is more of a mental condition that causes you to pull your hair out. It is called trichotillomania. This condition is when you feel extreme stress, anxiety, boredom, or frustration and it causes an urge to pull out your hair.
The last is called alopecia areata. If you have this condition, your body’s immune system actually attacks the hair follicles when you are under extreme stress and causes your hair to fall out.
It can be frustrating when stress leads to hair loss, but it is very common and likely reversible when your stress levels come down. If you are noticing more hair loss than usual, talk to your doctor.
Remember, losing hair in the shower and while brushing is normal in small amounts, but if you notice large clumps or more than usual, you may need some help. Your doctor may recommend hair treatments or supplements to help reduce or reverse your hair loss.
In addition to talking to your doctor, you may want to talk to a therapist to help lower your stress levels. Try adding more self-care and relaxing hobbies to your daily routine as well to lower your stress.
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