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12 Jan 2005

Hair
Hi Doc. A while ago you said that I could possibly be suffering from telogen effluvium or toxic alopecia. I have had extreme stress for the past 3 months. Does that mean I will lose my hair for another 3 - 6 months until the stress has worked out my body? If that is the case, I am going to be bald. I am losing between 150 - 200 hair a day! Please help.
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Me, the fact that you had extreme stress doesn’t mean that your hair will fall out, it just might do so. It should start normalising after 3-6 months and after a year it’s almost always back to normal. Good luck.
PS. The average person has about 100 000 hairs on his/her head that have an average life span of about 3 years. A single hair will grow for 2-4 years, rest for 2-4 months and then fall out. On average a normal person loses about a 70-100 hairs a day that are replaced by new hairs soon after. So if you lose 200 a day it will take some time before you’re bald. :-)
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