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Can anxiety and lack of sleep cause severe hair fall?

I am losing lots of hair all over the head, not one spot. hair when I brush teeth, when I try to eat, there are hairs, when I shower, comb hair, falling on my clothing, food, etc. Dr. said Thyroid was okay 3.? Husband recently died and I did go many months without much sleep. But this hair falling everywhere is driving me NUTS? THANK YOU. Lillian
Tue, 27 Jan 2015
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Hello there,
Stress is one of the biggest triggers for hair loss. I would give you a brief idea how it works. Hair has 3 phases of growth. Anagen,catagen,telogen. The growth phase is anagen. A stressful episode causes a large number of hair follicles to shift to catagen phase which later makes them fall out together. Normally 3 months after a stressful event the hairfall peaks.
I would advice you to do something about your stress . Meditate, do yoga , exercise, maybe talk to a counseller. The hair fall is completely reversible and once this phase passes it would regenerate.
Thank you for your query,
Dr Arun A
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