Hair loss, which can affect up to 80 percent of men and 50 percent of women at some point of their lives, is generally related to a genetic or medical condition. However, nutrition as well as environmental and lifestyle factors such as stress can pose an impact on hair loss conditions, in particular to people with a genetic predisposition to it according to board certified trichologist in VTC.
Most patients that come in to VTC for a consultation often recounts noticing that their hair is suddenly falling out all over the place. This sudden hair loss, rather than a gradual hair loss is often due to stress.
Patients with similar complaints often have been through trauma, such as a relationship breakdown, loss of loved one, unemployment, or other distressing life event. Conditions such as alopecia areata or telogen effluvium can be aggravated by stress.
In order to arrive at a proper hair loss diagnosis, female hair loss patients are requested to ask their general practitioner for a comprehensive series of blood tests. Some of the blood tests required are: FBC full blood count, Se Ferritin, TSH- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, BSL Blood Sugar Level, FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone, E2 Estradiol & ESR.
Further background is sought to ascertain how long the patient has been suffering hair loss, if the hair loss is noticeable to other people, if it falling out by the roots or breaking and if the loss is patchy or generalized.
During consultation, patients are asked if there has been any traumatic event, stress, fever, major operations, child birth or medication in the last two years. It is also crucial to find out if the patient has a family history of hair loss.
Many patients come back typically after 12 weeks while still on their personalized hair loss treatment course. They need to be reassured that their condition will improve and hair loss will stop completely.
Food supplements and adjunctive therapies to assist relaxation are also considered and sometimes beneficial.
Probably, the only silver lining with stress-induced hair loss is that the condition is temporary, once the stress levels are normal, hair growth can be expected shortly after.
If you think that your hair fall is due to something else, it is best to get it checked by a professional hair loss expert, before the condition worsen and becomes too late.