Stress can cause thinning hair05 Aug 2009, by HAIR LOSS FACTS in
The New York Times recently reported that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s hair was thinning as a result of extreme stress. If so, doctors say, she’s not the only one.
Dermatologists say that although life’s normal ups and downs aren’t enough to precipitate it, women can lose up to 50 percent of their hair after an unusually stressful event. Dr. Rebecca Euwer, a Dallas-based dermatologist, says that some of the more common causes are childbirth, surgery or a death in the family.
“When someone comes in and says they’re losing their hair, you ask, ‘Well, what happened about three months ago?”’ Euwer says.
This type of hair loss can occur both in men and women. But most of the known cases are reported by women.
Euwer says that hair goes through three phases: growing, resting and falling out.
About 90 percent of hair is in the growing phase. Most of the remaining hair is in the resting phase, where it remains for about three months. When people suffer physical or psychological trauma, it shocks the hair follicles into a resting phase.
People do not notice the effects until three months later, when it begins to fall out.
“About 1 percent of your hair is falling out, so it’s normal to lose about 100 hairs a day,” she says. But when you begin to notice more hair on your pillow or in your shower drain, it’s time to go to the doctor, she says.
The good news is, it will usually grow back on its own.
However, there’s a chance that women older than 30 could be experiencing the female equivalent of male-pattern baldness. Euwer said if this is the case, only hair on top of the head will thin. If it is stress-related, the sides and back of the scalp will also be affected.
Then there are women hit with the double-whammy: both stress-induced hair loss and natural thinning with age. In these cases, doctors might need to prescribe Rogaine, an over-the-counter hair regrowth treatment.
But Euwer says to use this with extreme caution. Some women have gotten more than they bargained for after using extra-strength Rogaine, which is intended for men.
“Women who get hold of that have gotten some on their forehead,” she says. “Then they have to go and get laser hair removal.”
Not all hair loss is stress- or age-related. Excessive styling or harsh treatments can also damage the hair, causing it to fall out. And a sudden loss of hair may signal a more serious condition, such as diabetes or lupus.
In order to treat hair loss effectively we would recommend that you have a diagnosis made as soon as possible by one of our experienced Westminster Trichologists. Stress can be an aggravator in almost all cases of hair loss and an accurate diagnosis will always, at the very least, take some of the stress away from you.
Gary Heron says: “You’ll have access to the most effective treatments available through The Hair Centre and at a fraction of the cost of going to other Private Commercial Clinics and Centres.”
When it’s time to see the Trichologist: If you begin losing hair rapidly, and or are cosmetically concerned about baldness, consult your Trichologist about treatment options. You can receive a free hair loss consultation with a Westminster Trichologist at our Hair Centre.
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