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Q: Thanks for answering questions for which answers are usually rarely available. Recently I visited a dermatologist for my hair loss and she told me a low level chronic stress causes chronic Telogen effluvium. She also told me to take prescriptions for stress relief. Is this diagnosis true because I have heard that stress cannot cause hair loss. There seem to be two schools of thought on this subject.

A: There is no evidence whatsoever that stress causes hair loss. Everyone is under stress at one time or another but not everyone gets alopecia. Frankly, doctors often give this sort of pseudo-explanation just to temporarily satisfy patients when they do not have a real answer.

Alopecia can have many causes but is usually hormonal.

Hope this is helpful.


Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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