Stress & Hair Health
Stress can be triggered by various factors such as work pressure, financial problems, personal relationships, and even health concerns. While stress is a natural response to these factors, it can have negative effects on our physical and mental health. One of the physical effects of stress is hair loss. In this article, we will discuss the link between stress and hair loss, the type of hair loss caused by stress, and effective ways to manage and prevent hair loss.Hair loss is a common problem that affects both men and women, affecting millions of people – including children – worldwide. It can be caused by various factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, and stress. Stress-induced hair loss is a type of hair loss that is triggered by stress. It is also known as telogen effluvium.
Telogen Effluvium: Stress-Induced Hair Loss in Men & Women
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss that is caused by extreme stress on the human nervous system. This typle of hair loss is most often seen in instances where the human nervous system is experiencing high levels of stress such as childbirth. It has also been seen in individuals suffering from “Long Covid.” Telogen Effluvium occurs when there is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle. Normally, hair grows in three phases – anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is the active growth phase, the catagen phase is the transitional phase, and the telogen phase is the resting phase. Telogen effluvium occurs when there is an increased number of hair follicles in the telogen phase. This results in increased hair shedding and hair loss.
Stress-induced hair loss as a result of Covid 19 has been well documented. The stress associated with the Covid 19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in hair loss cases. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, there has been a significant increase in the number of patients reporting hair loss during the pandemic. The study suggests that stress-induced hair loss is a known consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in many individuals worldwide.
Signs and Symptoms of Telogen Effluvium
Stress can affect hair health in various ways. It can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle, leading to hair loss. Stress can also cause scalp problems such as dandruff, itching, and dryness. These scalp problems can further aggravate hair loss. Stress can also affect the quality of hair, making it dull, dry, and prone to breakage.
The signs and symptoms of telogen effluvium include increased hair shedding, hair thinning, and hair loss. The hair loss is usually diffuse and affects the entire scalp. There may also be a decrease in hair volume and density. Telogen effluvium is usually temporary and resolves on its own within 6-12 months.
Preventing and managing stress-induced hair loss requires a holistic approach that involves lifestyle changes, diet, supplements, stress management techniques, and professional treatments.
A balanced diet that includes essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and proteins is essential for healthy hair growth. Foods that are rich in biotin, vitamin C, iron, and zinc can promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Supplements such as biotin, vitamin D, and iron can also be beneficial for hair health.
Effective stress management techniques can help to reduce stress and prevent hair loss. Techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and exercise can help to reduce stress levels. Getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques, and avoiding stressful situations can also help to manage stress.
Professional Treatments for Stress-Induced Hair Loss
Professional treatments such as hair loss treatments, hair transplants, and scalp micropigm