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Stress-related hair loss

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Hair loss can have various causes. For example, the genes are responsible for androgenetic alopecia or the own immune system for circular hair loss. A factor that comes into play again and again when it comes to hair loss in our competitive society today is stress. Because continuous unhealthy stress in particular can have an enormous impact on our well-being and health - which is necessary for healthy hair growth. This is how a stress-related hair loss.

Hair is also a part of our body and not just “dead tissue” as some might think. This makes them just as susceptible to stress as the stomach, for example. The same goes for our scalp, by the way.

Our lifestyle can therefore have an influence on hair growth that should not be underestimated, both positive and negative.

Stress-related hair loss - the causes

Anyone who is constantly under stress is under constant intense tension. This is also the first sign of stress-related hair loss: You are constantly energized - and suddenly your hair is in clumps in the sink in the morning.

In contrast to hereditary hair loss, in which hair loss usually begins on the receding hairline, hair falls in stress-related hair loss all over the head out. The doctor then also speaks of diffuse hair loss. Once the stress has disappeared, the hair usually (!) Grows back in a miraculous way.

Stress and the hair follicles

When stressed, our body sends out messenger substances that signal the body: “Alarm! Go into escape or attack mode immediately! ”Incidentally, this is still a holdover from the distant past, for example when our Neanderthal ancestors met a saber-toothed tiger.

Many people are subordinate these days Constant stress. This is anything but healthy - also for our hair.
The hair roots are surrounded by a sheath with nerves running through it - the hair follicle. Constant stress can do that Hair follicles clog in such a way that they start to ignite. The “culprits” here are, for example, the messenger substances Norepinephrine, substance P and NGF. Due to their constant increased release, the growth phase of the hair is shortened. It fails prematurely. In addition, the hair does not regenerate as quickly. This means that the hair that has fallen out either does not grow back at all or only grows back sparingly. By the way, too much stress can aggravate existing hair loss.

In the case of stress-related hair loss, the hair falls out evenly over the entire head, not on individual head regions. This means that there are no bald spots such as with circular hair loss. The hair is getting thinner and thinner. If the hair loss continues without you doing anything about it, the scalp will begin to show through.

Another symptom of too much stress can also be incidentally premature graying of hair be. Both women and men are affected by stress-related hair loss.

By the way: A certain amount of stress can be quite healthy and even inspire our productivity and creativity. However, when stress becomes a lifestyle, it is harmful to your health - and not just for your hair.

How is stress-related hair loss treated?

First of all, it is important that you see a doctor. Diffuse hair loss can also have completely different causes than, for example, constant stress. It is therefore important to clarify what could have caused the hair loss.

There is no one and only general recipe for stress-related hair loss. Which is also due to the fact that every person has a different stress level.

The top priority should of course be to reduce stress or become more stress-resistant. Special treatment with medication is usually not necessary.

A very good means to relieve stress is for example Sports. On the one hand, the body has the opportunity to break down the adrenaline caused by the stress and on the other hand, you can clear your head while exercising.

Also one balanced nutrition can play a crucial role. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink enough water. Then, among other things, the immune system is strengthened, your best partner in the fight against hair loss due to stress.

Dietary supplements can also be helpful, for example Zinc, magnesium, vitamins and minerals contain. Please keep in mind, however, that it can take one to two months for these dietary supplements to show their first effects.

Another factor that will help you manage stress is getting enough sleep. Because the body regenerates and repairs itself during sleep - this also applies to the hair and scalp.

Stress-Related Hair Loss - Is A Hair Transplant The Solution?

As a rule, the hair grows back as soon as the body has "switched" from constant stress to normal operation.

However, the hair does not always grow back as beautifully and densely as one was used to before the stress-related hair loss. The solution for this can be a hair transplant.

At Elithairtransplant, the hair is replenished using the gentle FUE technique. Here are the Grafts specifically used in the recipient area so that the hair can grow back beautifully and fully - just like before the stress-related hair loss.

If you are interested in a hair transplant at Elithairtransplant, then simply contact us - by phone, email or WhatsApp. We would be happy to make you a non-binding offer.

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