Stop Bald Patches Caused by Stress-Related Hair Loss

Edited by Donna, Eng, Inukshuk

Bald patches on the scalp that are caused by stress is part of called alopecia areata. It is technically a skin disorder that causes hair to fall out in circular patches that are usually about the size of a coin or larger.

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Round or oval shaped bald patches anywhere on your scalp could be caused by too much stress.

The main symptom is one or more of the circular or oval shaped bald patches on your scalp. However, along with the oval or circular bald patches some people also experience:

  • mild itching or tingling in the area of hair loss
  • burning feeling in the scalp around the thinning areas
  • changes in texture on the fingernails including brittleness, pits or strong grooves
  • the loss of eyelashes
  • patchy areas of non-growth on a beard
  • patchy areas on the eyebrows
  • patchy underarm hair

Patchy areas of hair loss on a beard can be due to stress

Although people who have it, tend to have the condition on and off for life, the baldness itself is a temporary and the missing hair usually grows back within a year at the latest. Often the hair grows within six months. If it does not grow back you do not have recurrent alopecia areata, you have some other type of baldness.

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The key is to avoiding temporary balding is to avoid the stress that causes the condition in the first place.

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Who is Most At Risk for Stress-Related Hair Loss?

Part of avoiding losing your hair due to stress is knowing whether or not your are more prone to the disorder than others. You are more at risk for recurrent alopecia areata if you have:

  • A family member who also suffers from temporary patches of baldness as the condition is thought to be genetic.
  • An experience with hair loss before the age of 20 along with the experience of the hair also growing back within a year.
  • Anemia, which is cause by low levels of iron in the blood causing the body physical stress.
  • Asthma, which provokes an allergic and inflammatory reaction that can cause hair to fall out.
  • Down's Syndrome which makes people more prone to disease.
  • Hay fever, which triggers an inflammatory reaction that can cause hair to fall out.
  • Post-partum hair loss due to having a physically taxing time during labor.
  • Thyroid disease which causes mood swings, physical stress and anxiety, which in turn causes hair loss.

If you have hay fever, you are more likely to experience temporary balding.

Doctor Remedies for Stress Related Hair Loss

If you are diagnosed with alopecia areata by your doctor you may be prescribed medications and treatments designed to suppress the auto-immune reaction causing the temporary hair loss and encourage regrowth including:

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  • Cortisone cream that is applied topically to the bald patches to suppress immunity.
  • Monoxidil applied topically every day to the bald patches to encourage hair growth.
  • Immunotherapy using chemicals to trigger an allergic reaction that distracts immune cells and allows hair to grow again.

Lifestyle Changes to Treat Stress Related Hair Loss

Lifestyle adjustments that you can immediately take treat stress-related hair loss are:

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    If you suffer from an addiction, make an attempt to quit immediately as dependence on alcohol, nicotine or recreational drugs and the financial, emotional and physical cost of dependency causes stress-relate baldness.{
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    Make sure that you are eating a balanced, healthy diet every day that is as organic and fresh as possible.
    Eating fresh organic produce can help you grow your hair back faster.
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    Eat up to three egg yolks every day as eggs contain biotin which helps encourage hair growth.
    Egg yolks have biotin which helps prevent and treat patchy bald spots.
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    Add more seafood and seaweed to your diets because these foods are high in iron, the B vitamins and zinc needed to grow new hair.
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    Eat steak and chicken as often as possible to get the vitamin B12 you need to grow new hair.
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    If your stress is due to emotional issues, consider seeing a counselor or therapist to help you deal with your feelings.
    Steak is one of the best foods you can eat to support hair regrowth.
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    Avoid toxic, negative and high maintenance people that may be cause stress and anxiety in your life.
    stay away from stressful people to prevent stress-related hair loss.
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    Stay off social media, like Facebook and get outside and relax with friends; social media and staying on the computer too long can raise anxiety levels in some people and cause stress.
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    If your stress is due to being pushed too hard at work consider talking to your boss or coworkers to get some relief.
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    Never sleep with the television or radio on as this causes sleep disruptions that can produce fatigue and anxiety.
    Turn off the television and the computer to avoid stress, especially before bedtime.
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    Reduce stress by getting plenty of exercise every day; it is recommended you get some kind of aerobic exercise every day and anaerobic exercise (lifting weights) once a week.
    Taking a relaxing walk can help mitigate the effects of stress.
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    Take daily relaxing baths in Epsom salts or sea salts to relax, detox and replenish your body in general.
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    Meditate for fifteen minutes when you get up and another fifteen minutes before you go to sleep to help mitigate the effects of daily physical, mental and emotional stress.
    Meditation every day may help restore hair to those with temporary hair loss.
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Natural Remedies for Stress Related Hair Loss

Try doing the followings to naturally remedy your stress related hair loss issue:

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    Massage your scalp every morning and every night, being sure to be very gentle; this will help stimulate your hair follicles to grow new hair.
    Gently massaging the scalp helps restore circulation and prompts folllicles to regrow lost hair.
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    Apply Vitamin E oil directly to the afflicted parts of your scalp to encourage hair growth.
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    Supplement your diet with a vitamin that contains A, C, E all of the B vitamins, E, magnesium and selenium.
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    Take a supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids to improve your scalp health.
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    Taking a teaspoon of Silica internally every day and applying it straight to the scalp on the balding patches may help your hair regrow.
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    Make and appointment for ultraviolet light therapy, where the light is shone directly on the problem spots, may help to regrow your hair.
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    Sitting in an infrared sauna for fifteen minutes daily can help increase your circulation and encourage hair regrowth on the scalp.
    Infrared sauna treatments help increase circulaton to the scalp and regrow hair.
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you suspect the problem is caused by your thyroid, you will also have weight gain, insomnia, headache and fatigue; this is a sign that it time to see your doctor because if you are medicated properly for the thyroid problem the hair will grow back and be less likely to fall out in the future.
  • Women who suffer from this issue should use 2% strength Rogaine (minoxidil) as opposed to the 5% strength commonly prescribed for men.
  • If you are suffering from another type of balding that is not alopecia areata, then your hair will not grow back within the one year time frame.
  • Many of the medications prescribed for stress balding have the symptoms of itching or burning which may have you thinking about a more natural approach to dealing with the problem or waiting the problem out for six months to a year until the hair grows back.
  • If you are on a limited calorie diet then get off it as these diets do not give your body the nutrients it needs to keep growing hair.
  • If you have just had major surgery, then your hair could fall out due to physical.
  • Women who have given birth can suffer from temporary hair loss due to both the physical and emotional stress of having a child.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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