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The fact is – a lot of stress can actually cause the threads to fall off – but there are ways to fight it.

About 5 years In the past, Carrara Alvarez was in a difficult situation. She was in the middle of a busy divorce, and instead of letting go of her worries, she found herself inwardly every day. As her stress level worsened, other health problems increased. One day when Alvarez was taking a shower, he saw the liquid and was amazed at the large haircut she saw there.

But Alvarez, a 41-year-old hairdresser, realized how much she had lost until she was in another stylist’s chair. A native of Los Angeles said: “I said, ‘What? ‘I say. Her advice – you need to know exactly what’s going on – made me realize how bad it was.

Alvarez left bald spots around his head, losing all of his hair at the same time. “I have had such emotional and traumatic experiences in my life, and this has not helped me as much as a woman,” she says. “It was really scary for me. I didn’t know if it was permanent or not. ”

Your hair under stress

The medical condition that causes excessive hair loss and is associated with stressful physical or psychological experiences has been well documented, says David M. Paris, MD, a dermatology professor at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk. Specialists. Directly different from hair loss, Anna Anagen Fluvium. In both cases, chronic diseases, such as hypothyroidism and spasticity, may play a role. (You may also have both cases – hair loss from anxiety And Medical condition.)

The bottom line: If you feel stressed, you may lose your hair. And in the world we live in, you may not be surprised to hear that this happens to more than 200,000 people every year in the United States. In fact, the July 2020 National Survey found that 20% of women had hair loss. Loss or decrease since the onset of the epidemic; Half of these may be due to stress.

And what about Kovi? A study reported by the patient also listed hair loss as a side effect of one in four students at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indianapolis. Experts say that hair loss can be caused by stress – and then again by the disease or the high fever associated with the virus. Actress Alisa Milano posted a video of herself in August 2020, clearing her hair and bringing the topic to national attention. “One brush,” she said, holding at least 50 strands or more of wet, dark hair. This is a hair loss from COVID-19.

“Covi has a negative impact on hair health, but it affects people in a different way,” says a dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon in Beverly Hills, Kali. Some patients recovering from covadis are experiencing significant losses from the virus itself, while in others it is related to the stress and inability to interact whether or not to work.

Why hair loss occurs

To understand stress-related hair loss, you must first consider a three-step hair growth cycle. “Anagen is a stage of hair growth, Katagen is a time of relaxation, and a stage of telemarketing,” says Zering. When you have stress, anxiety or pain, it disrupts that normal cycle and causes the hair follicles to stay in place for a longer period of time and the growth rate to be shorter.

During the normal hair cycle, people grow 50 to 100 strands per day as hair grows and separates from each follicle (the structure under the skin that holds each hair in place). Essentially, the new hair of Anagen pushes the old telogen hair. But experts say that if you are losing more than 100 threads, you should be concerned.

It takes two to four months to add stress to your hair condition, and stressful hair loss (full growth and shedding cycle) becomes a reality. So a person who had coviated months ago may now have hair loss. It takes about nine months for your hair to grow back to normal after the stress or illness has subsided.

If your hair still does not return to normal, there may be other issues, such as genetic hair loss or chronic swelling. See a hairdresser or dermatologist to find out other possible causes. “Early intervention is the key,” says Zering. They want you to be consistent with your hair loss prevention plan.

Other parts of hair loss

Stress and pain are two of the most common causes of sudden hair loss, and there are other possible reasons for you to go bald. Under the umbrella of “alopecia”, the Greek word for hair loss, you will find many situations. This list is not exhaustive, but here are some common causes for hair loss:

Androgenetic alopecia; According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this type of hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States. Male and female pattern baldness, also known as hair loss, can be a natural part of the aging process, but it can also occur in young people. Treatments include surgery such as ronokine (minoxidil), follicular unit transplantation, laser or stem cell therapy.

Alpopia areata; This is a autoimmune disease that affects the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall into round spots (which may or may not grow back). If you have alopecia totalis, You lose all hair on your head (unusual). If you have alopecia universalis, You lose all the hair on your body (and occasionally). Treatment can help hair grow back, but there is no cure.

Hypothyroidism / Hashimoto Hair loss and autoimmune diseases are more common than this thyroid condition, says Zirring. Researchers still do not know why this is happening, but it is often treated with thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

Lupus: Hair loss is a common side effect of this condition. Medications used to treat lupus, including steroids and antibodies, can cause hair loss and thinning; If you take these medications, your hair may grow back. But this can be challenging if you have extensive scars on your head. In this case, talk to your doctor about ways to rejuvenate your hair.

Psoriasis: Skull psoriasis can lead to hair loss. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends gently brushing and brushing the scales on the scalp, shortening your nails to prevent hair loss, and drying out the existing dry scalp with hot air from a dryer.

Infections; Tina Capitis (also called ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skull that often occurs in children, leading to thinning hair. It can lead to large bald spots. The scalp may have itching and dripping sores or blisters. Treatment is an oral antifungal drug that, if taken early, can help hair grow back without problems.

Prevention of hair loss

Reduction of stress is key to preventing toluene influenza, but surprisingly, it can be difficult to stay calm when you lose your hair, says Rocheche Walsh, a licensed consultant in Rocca, KSA. Hair is so intertwined with beauty, and ideas of masculinity and femininity, that loss is horrible.

Anxiety managers are key, but they can also give you a beat with things like deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. “Deep breathing strategies help stimulate the vaginal nerve and stimulate the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ nervous system,” Walsh said. This is just a fun way to deal with stress every day. The more we practice relaxed states, the more we benefit mentally and physically.

For Alvarez, she wanted to lose her hair. She started using a hair product called neocrine and began seeing a therapist. She learned how to cope with stress through treatment and meditation. After three years of cutting hair and dyeing, she said that she had begun to grow up and that she had begun to grow.

“I was so lucky to have my hair back,” she says. “I have no contact. It’s a big change – my hair is longer than it is now. ”

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