I had a male patient recently who developed a small round spot of hair loss on the side of his head.
For some people, stress may trigger a type of hair loss called alopecia areata . In this condition, white blood cells attack the hair follicle — which stops hair growth. Within weeks, the affected hair falls out. The hair loss usually starts as a small round patch but may eventually spread to the whole scalp, and sometimes to body hair as well. The hair generally grows back, but the cycle may repeat itself. - There are many kinds of alopecia that can cause hair loss and many different treatments. Creams and sometimes injections can be used to help stimulate the hair to grow back.
Get Sun; Winter causes us to stay indoors more - get some sunlight! When the body absorbs sunlight, it enhances the effect of mood-stabilizing chemicals like serotonin. Catch some rays, whether by moving playdates outside or parking your car a little farther from a store so you have to walk a ways to get where you're going. In the winter, throw open the curtains during the day.
Jump rope: It's not just for third-grade recess anymore. Jumping rope for 20 minutes triggers your body to release feel-good endorphins, and its repetitive motion makes you relaxed and focused.
Music: Crank up some tunes. Music can take your mind off things and make you feel good.
Breathe Deep: Take a slow deep breath, then exhale just as slowly. Can you take fewer than 10 breaths a minute? Research suggests breathing that slowly for a few minutes a day is enough to help some people nudge down bad blood pressure.
Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. If needed, your doctor may suggest treatment options for the hair loss as well.
Dr. Dominic Gaziano - Dr. G The Feel Good Health Guy Health & Wellness Expert