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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   for the last month my hair has been breaking off at the scalp. my derm told me that is was due to stress. it has been going on now for over a month. when will it stop?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   female
User :   30 yrs od
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical condition ?
User :   i am bipolar
User :   i take lexapro since dec
User :   wellbutrin since
User :   late sept
Doctor :   ok
User :   i have pcos and use nuvra rings
User :   my job has been stressing me out since early fall
User :   it has given me migraines and i take medication for it if i fell one coming one
Doctor :   i see
User :   and the wellbutrin has had me lose about 25lbs since late sept
Doctor :   well thats correct STRESS is the number one cause of premature hairloss
User :   why does it break at the root?
Doctor :   thats where the weakness happens anyway i will tell you few things that will help in preventing the loss
User :   thanks
Doctor :   to begin with
Doctor :   1) Make a habbit:...
Do not wash your hair with too hot water...
Do not wash your hair more than 4 times in a week. If you use any shampoo, use only a mild shampoo.
Do not comb the hair backwards. Use a good quality brush/comb. Avoid excessive brushing...
Massage the scalp vigorously for 10 to 15 minutes (until you start to feel hot there) after bathing it with water. This stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in the scalp...
Coconut oil and castor are very good for hair
Doctor :   2) Massage into the scalp and hair with Aloe Vera gel. Leave it for 1/2 hour, then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week.
Doctor :   3) Include plenty of protein and iron in your diet
Doctor :   4) Take mineral supplements like calcium, magnesium, and zinc
Doctor :   5) Do not use hair dryers
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do not use hair dyes (synthetic hair colors)
Doctor :   and the MOST important
Doctor :   . Do meditation to reduce stress and tension
Doctor :   thats crucial
User :   ok
User :   how much protein is good? i am a vegetarian and have been for 20 yrs.e
Doctor :   you should have a balanced diet
Doctor :   massage is a good way to improve circulation and making the roots strong
User :   when will it stop? i am very upset about it because i have nice hair and spend a lot of time keeping it healty and for this to happen is very upsetting.
Doctor :   i can understand your concern
Doctor :   in females the number one cause of hair loss is stress as there is no genetic predisposition in it
Doctor :   so you need to fight that root cause , all the things i have advised you will help you maintain your hair
User :   root of stress?
Doctor :   but once you can fight the stress , it will be not a problem anymore
User :   i have calmed down in the last two weeks. i still she no change
User :   or maybe i have not calmed down enough
Doctor :   give it time
Doctor :   and it will be fine
User :   i just dont want patches of baldness LOL
Doctor :   well worrying about hair loss ... IS ALSO ACTUALLY A WORRY , right , so you need to stay calm and dont worry it will be all fine
Doctor :   you will not have any patches that i can assure you 100%
User :   LOL
Doctor :   just follow what all i have said and you will do just fine
User :   thanks for the advice. i appreciate it
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   have a good day ahead
Doctor :   bye bye
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