Can stress cause hair loss?

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Question from Daisy: Can stress cause you to lose your hair? What can be done about it?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Some individuals may respond to stress by pulling or twisting their hair. If this happens a lot, you may lose patches of hair. Less commonly, some women may experience more significant hair loss several months after a huge stress in their lives. In that situation, the shock of the experience - like childbirth or a very serious infection - may jolt the growing hair. This diffuse hair loss that can occur over a few months does resolve. Eventually, the hair grows back in. This, thank goodness, is unusual.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Stress and Your Immune System featured Mitch Golant, Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions on how stress affects your treatment, and what you can do to boost your immune system.

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