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Question by  bragg222 (38)

What role does stress play in alopecia?

My friend has alopecia and she says it is not stress related.


Answer by  shaylad (24)

Alopecia is a hereditary autoimmune disorder that results in hair loss. Stress plays a factor much in this disease like many other autoimmune disorders in that it releases the hormone cortisol, prompting the body to feel it is in a "fight or flight" situation. This results in many of the other systems stopping production, including hair follicles.


Answer by  cindy (1484)

Stress is believed by some to be a possible cause of alopecia. However, there is more than one type of kind of alopecia and different possible causes.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

Stress only plays a role in alopecia if you pull your hair as a result of stress. Else, there is not much evidence stress can cause alopecia. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism or fungal infection ay be a more likely culprit.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

Alopecia can be an autoimmune disorder. If it is, stress can certainly aggravate the condition. Stresss can make any disorder worse.


Answer by  arthi (336)

Yes, certainly stress plays a vital role in alopecia which is loss of hair. This is a quite common phenomenon and this trend is increasing in the recent days.

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