Is Stress Causing My Hair to Fall Out?
Yes in a word. Stress is a major cause of hair loss in women and the effect of stress ranges from minimal to dramatic. The good news is most women who are affected with severe sudden loss of hair all over the head caused by stress recover all the lost hair within 9 months from the time the hair started to fall out.
This condition is called Acute Telogen Effluvium (ATE) and requires no treatment, just a lot of Xanax. All types of stress can trigger ATE including emotion, physical, illness, and toxic. The list of things that can do it is very long and diverse. My advice to any women with sudden dramatic hair loss is to make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as you can. In Georgia, the legislature passed a law last decade that allows anyone to see a dermatologist without an insurance referral even if you have an HMO. I would ask your internist, family doctor, or gynecologist whom to see for hair because not all dermatologists are specialists in that area.
All women with acute hair loss deserve to be evaluated to identify the cause of the loss that is usually found when the doctor obtains their medical history. Some simple blood tests are indicated and if a hair loss associated issue is identified it is usually easy to correct. The treatment for ATE is reassurance that nothing more sinister is going on and that in a few months the hair will begin growing back. This will be apparent in as little as 6 weeks when you begin to feel the healthy new hair poking out of your scalp follicles. You can take biotin if you like but it really doesn’t help. Of course, good nutrition and moderate regular exercise are essential as well as trying to be as confident as you can that yes your hair will come back and be better than ever, which it will in almost every woman.
Some women experience a sudden loss of hair from one or more round patches on the scalp. This condition is not stress related but stress makes everything worse and what is more stressful than losing your hair! This is an autoimmune disease called Alopecia Areata (AA) and is pretty common. It is simply treated by the dermatologist using topical or injectable cortisone. Women with this condition may have a family member who had it too. The hair grows back quickly once treatment is begun and scalp coverage is achieved in almost everyone after 6 months.
Rarely Acute Telogen Effluvium fails to resolve on its own. In these women, there is hair regrowth but the new hair doesn’t grow as long as before and they experience significant hair loss. While the scalp has regained it coverage, thank goodness, the hair is not a full as before. Women notice that they can’t grow their hair much longer than about 6 inches, hardly enough to put up in a ponytail.
Then the chronic hair loss starts. The loss of hundreds of hairs occurs every time the female showers. The hair gets on everything; clothes, sheets, sofas, car seats. This condition is called Chronic Telogen Effluvium (CTE) and is one of the two conditions treated at Hair Regenomics. CTE is a disorder of hair recycling resulting in the normal long-life of the hair follicle cycle being curtailed to 2 years from 6 years. With the premature termination of the hair cycle comes the death of the hair bud in the follicle, which then falls out when a new shaft forms and pushes it out.
Providing the correct treatment for hair loss irrespective of its cause depends upon making a secure diagnosis. At Hair Regenomics that is always the first step in our approach to the patient. By determining the cause of our patient’s hair loss we then know what treatment is best for her. The therapy takes time because it depends on the scalp follicle’s natural growth. We can help Mother Nature but we can’t rush Her.
The leading cause of hair loss in women is Androgen Alopecia. This condition does not result in acute hair loss but rather is a chronic progressive condition that usually begins in the top of the head in the front in the mid-thirties. It becomes more noticeable over time but very gradually. We have developed an effective therapy for this condition too which incolves Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma.
The Hair Regenomics approach is a sustainable solution for these causes of hair loss that allows women to pursue an active lifestyle without worry or restrictions. For more information, contact by calling Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373 or for more details about us go to www.HairRegen.net. Insurance companies or Medicare does not cover our treatment services.