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Could A Shock To The System Cause Diffuse AA?

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Name: Yvonne

stressed womanQuestion: I would like to ask a question. Could this past stressful event cause a so called ‘shock’ to my biological system that contributed to the diffused AA which I have been diagnosed with? And how come the condition has started now rather than at the time I was having the stress?

Answer: Hi, Yvonne. The body can take around two to three months to register the change or effects of stress that can in turn lead to hair loss.

Because the effects of stress are often delayed, you do not experience related conditions such as hair loss from Diffuse Alopecia Areata immediately.

Whilst certain types of hair loss caused by stress, such as Telogen Effluvium, will usually see the hair grow back within six months to a year, Alopecia Areata is less predictable.

Depending on the severity of your particular case, it may be treatable with a high strength minoxidil, but you would need to attend a consultation with a hair loss specialist to explore your options fully. Otherwise, the bald patches caused by this condition can grow back if the patient goes into spontaneous remission, or it can wax and wane.


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