Managing Stress and Hair Loss
Hormone Level Changes
Menopause and aging lead to hormonal changes that can cause the hair to thin. New mothers also experience a drop in estrogen that can lead to postpartum hair loss – but usually just for a few months after they deliver. Menopause, on the other hand, can make thinning hair a long-term issue.
Good nutrition can play a role in preventing hair loss for the years leading up to menopause. Keep vitamin D and iron levels normal to help to reduce the amount of hair loss.
Dry skin can also play a role during these times. Hormone fluctuations can lead to dry and itchy skin, and that includes problems with the scalp. The constant scratching at an itchy scalp can cause hair loss if the scratching damages the root of the hair. Using products that nourish the scalp and the hair can help to reduce the risk of itching, inflammation, and damage.
Prescription Side Effects
Treatment of a medical condition can help with the original problem but bring about additional concerns for the patient. Many prescription medications list hair loss as a potential side effect. Preventative care through nourishing hair and scalp products and a good diet can help to avoid some of these side effects.
The prescription drugs that most commonly lead to hair loss include antidepressants, antibiotics, and blood pressure medications. Thyroid medications, birth control pills, and acne drugs also can cause the same concerns. Review the potential side effects before beginning any new medication, and act immediately to protect your hair.
Response to Stress
Stress can lead to hair loss in a couple of ways. A stressful time could cause the body to put the hair follicles into a resting phase and lead to a sudden loss of large amounts of hair a few months later. Stress may also cause the body to develop a condition known as alopecia areata. The condition causes hair loss as the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
Identifying when a stressful event will occur is not always possible. Some events like an upcoming wedding, finals, and a new job all cause stress. Plan for these types of events, and stay self-aware the rest of the time to make it easier to realize when everyday life becomes too filled with tension.
Losing hair during these times of stress can lead to even deeper feelings of panic. Meditation and a focus on other restful activities like reading, crafts, or walks can help to reduce the stress levels. A healthy diet, sensible hair care regimen, and adequate amounts of sleep each night also help with overall health. Good health could mean less risk of hair loss.
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