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Is Hair Loss Caused by Stress Reversible?
16 Sep. 2015

hair loss caused by stressThere are many myths associated with thinning hair, among which the most scaring one is that hair loss caused by stress is permanent. While stress and anxiety can really cause hair loss, reducing that anxiety can help your hair regrow.

There are several types of hair loss and more than one cause for it. Stress can lead to many conditions that result in hair loss, among which the most common are: Telogen effluvium and Trichotillomania.

Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than normal fall into the resting phase of growth. This condition can be caused by various emotional and physical factors.  It can be a result of physical stress caused by sudden weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, anemia or thyroid conditions. It can also be caused by some medications as well as vitamin deficiency or, on the contrary, vitamin A oversupply. Fluctuation of hormones in your body is also a rather common cause of this type of temporary hair loss.

Trichotillomania occurs when a person being under stress unwittingly pulls out his hairs. Depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder are most frequently encountered in people with Trichotillomania.

Hair that falls out because of stress does grow back, but it can take several months for it to regrow. First of all, you may not experience hair follicles thinning right after the stressful event, but rather in 2-3 months after it. Then it may take another 2-3 months before the hair starts to regrow, meaning that it may take half a year or more before your hair returns to its former thickness.

Most types of hair loss have a hereditary or immune factor. Fortunately, they are also not permanent in nature. For example, Alopecia areata, when hair falls out in round patches, occurs due to immune disorders (the immune system attacks the hair follicles). Hair can grow back but may fall out again. Sometimes the condition may last for years. And while hair often regrows on its own, doctors may prescribe corticosteroids to help it regrow more quickly.generic propecia

Androgenic alopecia is related to dihydrotestosterone and affects half of the men around the age of 50. It can be treated with Finasteride, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, thus stops hair loss and prevents its progression.

Since Finasteride is used in various doses for the treatment of more than one condition, the drug Propecia has been specifically developed for androgenic alopecia treatment in men. It may take up to 2 years to achieve the maximum response.

As you see, hair loss is reversible in most cases, but it will take time and effort for it to grow back.

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