Loss Of Hair And Stress

I bet you did not know that you could lose hair by being under stress? Well you can.

But what is stress? Stress is defined as a normal response of the body to situations or stimulus, which are considered dangerous to the body. If the body undergoes stress for a period of time, it can affect the health of the body and the mind. Which can lead to hair loss.

In regards to stress, hair loss can be classified into three categories:

Telogen Effluvium –This is defined as excessive loss of hair that has pre-maturely entered the resting phase, not because of the normal growth cycle, but because of stress. This can be caused by such things as surgery, medication, childbirth, fever and diet.

Trichotillomania – Is the irresistible urge to pull your hair out. It not only includes the scalp, but also includes the eyebrows, eyelashes or hair from other parts of the body. This hair pulling is caused by stress and is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Alopecia Areata – This is usually the main cause of male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Usually this comes from family genes, but stress can also cause this type of hair loss.

Hair loss caused by stress does not have to be permanent. See your doctor to identify what is causing your hair loss, for it may be more than just stress. It could be a condition that will require medical treatment. So it is important to see your doctor to identify what is causing your hair loss,

Once the cause of your hair loss is identified and conquered, you will in all probability, start re-growing the hair you lost.

To re-grow your hair more rapidly, there are several methods out there that can help. Some of the methods you can use are:

Saw Palmetto: Has been studied extensively in Europe and has been found to re-grow hair. It was first used to help men control their enlarged prostate. It is an herbal supplement and is taken orally as a pill.
Minoxidil: Was being used as a means to control high blood pressure when it was determined it could re-grow hair. It is used externally on the places you want hair to grow. This has been approved by the FDA as a hair growth medication for both men and women.
Propecia: Also approved by the FDA, has also been shown to grow hair. It was first used by men to control their enlarged prostate when it was discovered that it could also re-grow lost hair. It is taken orally in pill form and is not approved for use by women.