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Does stress cause more hair to fall?

By February 21, 2011 - 12:53pm
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I started losing my hair since I was a teenager, probably about 14. Now I am 50 and most of my hair is gone, though I still have some, you could see my scalp right through it. I went through some childhood abuse. And I believe it due to alot of stress. But I think it's heredity because my mother was also going bald. So I think it runs in the family. I tried everything but I gave up.

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Hi Unbold Me-2011,
Thank you for finding EmpowHer and bringing us your story.Though my experience with hair loss is different ( caused by chemotherapy), I understand how it impacts your self-image. But you are not alone and we are here to help.
Here are links that may be helpful to you:
Female Hair Loss; Is It Hereditary?
Hair Loss Causes & Risks
Hair Loss Can Be Caused by Endocrine Disorders
Hair Loss: Stress Can Be A Cause
Hope this helps!

February 21, 2011 - 5:59pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

The other type of stress-induced loss of hair is known as alopecia areata, and involves a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles. With this type of loss of hair the hair also falls out within weeks (usually in patches), but can involve the entire scalp and even body hair. Hair may grow back on its own, but treatment may also be required.

March 21, 2011 - 1:43am
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