Extreme stress, either emotional or physical, can cause hair loss. There are two major kinds of hair loss caused by stress – Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata..
Telogen Effluvium is the more common kind of hair loss triggered by stress. Extreme and sudden stress can cause some hair follicles to stop growing. There are several ways on how stress results to hair loss.
For most cases, hair loss is temporary and hair will grow back in 6-9 months. In other cases, hair loss may continue until the illness is cured. Here are the most common cases:
Childbirth and Pregnancy
When a woman is pregnant, her hair is healthier due to an increase in the hormone levels. This results to more hair in the growth phase. But after the delivery, several hair follicles that had delayed going through the resting place suddenly enter growth phase because hormone levels decrease rapidly. This results to hair loss after 3 months. Hair loss can also happen after a miscarriage since there is also a rapid change in hormone levels.
From taking medication
A woman can experience hair loss by taking birth control pills because the pills affect the body’s hormone levels, which affect the growth of hair. Sometimes, hair loss occurs because of the presence of male hormones in the pills and produces baldness similar to men’s pattern baldness. On the other hand, when a woman stops taking pills, hair loss occurs in the same way that it does after childbirth (due to change in hormone levels).
People may experience hair loss after traumatic events such as accidents or abuse. These events can prematurely force hair follicles to enter the resting phase. After 3 months, the amount of hair fall increases.
Surgery involves intense physical stress, which may result to hair loss 3 months after the operation. This is because the body undergoes a type of shock during a surgical procedure.
Also known as spot baldness, this type of hair loss occurs when the white blood cells attack the hair follicles, mistaking the latter as foreign tissue, which stops hair growth. In this condition, hair loss begins in a small area, often spots, and spreads through out the entire scalp. Sometimes, this may even include the body hair. The hair can still grow back, although there may be a need for treatment.
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