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How can trichotillomania be treated?

I’ve been pulling out my hair and eating it for at least 7 years. I’ve recently found out that the hair you eat doesn’t get digested and can accumulate in your stomach and digestive track and cause serious damage. I‘m seeking psychiatric help but, should I see my physician to check if I have a trichobezoar? I don’t have symptoms of having one that I know of, but my condition is quickly getting worse and the hair eating is practically constant. This has been going on for so long. I’m worried I might be developing one. What should I do?
Wed, 14 Feb 2018
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Hi

Yes there are chances that you might develop trichobezoar. Go to a psychiatrist and seek a habit reversal behavior like making a fist so you do not have an urge to pull your hair. They will do a relaxation therapy with you every alternate day for some time which will help you combat the hair pulling habit. Also for the trichobezoar thing, I suggest you do a barium meal imaging . It will help you with the diagnosis .

kindly follow up with a surgeon after the scan .


Regards,
Dr. Jinela Desouza,
General & Family Physician
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Hi

You need to visit a psychiatrist for relaxation therapy and habit reversal behavior.

kindly do a barium meal imaging and follow up

Regards
Dr. Jinela Desouza,
General & Family Physician
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