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Stress and Alopecia Areata: What’s the link?

When talking about stress, at least some of you might say, “There’s absolutely no way stress has anything to do with alopecia areata which is commonly known as patchy hair loss.” It’s pretty common to believe that stress is only related to mental stuff. That’s completely imprecise. And that’s the reason why one of the most common questions that come up regarding alopecia is “Does stress trigger alopecia hair loss?” Yet another misconception that many people believe is “Everyone has stress, but not everyone experiences thinning hair! Hence, the stress theory must be bogus.” But it isn’t. Learning to look at the pillars of all autoimmune disorders and how they work might help to unravel the correlation between stress and alopecia areata.  

Let’s first understand what stress exactly is. In fact, let’s actually call it a stressor which is a response to an environmental condition or stimulus. Stress is your body’s method of reacting to this stimulus. It does not mean that you’re depressed or scared or even notice that your body is reacting in some way. Some instances of stressors can be environmental i.e. your diet or seasonal allergies, medicinal i.e. vaccinations or birth control pills, physical i.e. accidents or surgeries, or mental i.e. abusive relationship, hostile work environment, or chronic uncontrollable factors.

There are also different types of mental stress. You might experience short-term stressors, commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response. This causes your body’s immune system to prepare itself for events as punctures, scrapes and bites. A study has proven that short term stressors actually boost the immune system and do not cause long term affects. Nevertheless, long-term stressors such as life changes that are beyond your control can have a negative impact on the immune system. 

The most damaging stressor to the human immune system is chronic stressors. More importantly, those stressors which change your identity or social role are more beyond your control and seem infinite. During a period of chronic, long-term stress, your immune function drops dramatically.

When to call a homeopathic doctor

You can make an appointment with a homeopathic doctor if:

  • You develop a bald spot on your scalp all of a sudden
  • Your hair stylist tells you about hair thinning or that you are balding
  • You have lost your eyebrows or eyelashes, your beard is thinning, or you have unusually less hair on your underarms or genital area

Diagnosis

Diagnosing alopecia areata is probably one of the easiest things for a hair doctor because bald patch on head is so apparent and distinct. Nevertheless, knowing your medical history and physical examination can help a homeopathy doctor to understand your condition better. Your diagnosis will be based on your medical history in order to rule out the underlying medical conditions that cause alopecia areata in the first place.

Alopecia treatment

The most common alopecia areata treatment is local, steroid injections with or without oral steroids. However, studies have shown that the chances for relapse rate of patchy hair loss after steroids are as high as 50%. That’s why you should seek alopecia treatment in homeopathy. Homeopathy is a first-rate solution for hair problems related to the mind such as stress-related patchy hair loss. Homeopathic medicines offer excellent relief for such disorders that are triggered by an abnormal immune response of the body. These medications are good for enhancing the immunity, thereby preventing the immune system from attacking the hair follicles. Moreover, these medicines also promote hair growth and control the progress and spread of bald spots to other regions. 

Takeaway

It’s not necessary that stress and hair loss have to be permanent. If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your hair, you can visit your nearest homeopathy clinic. Sudden hair loss can hint an underlying medical condition that requires immediate medical attention and treatment.