Can Stress Cause Diffuse Unpatterned Hair Loss (DUPA)?October 30th, 2007
Q: Can stress produce diffuse unpatterned hair loss (DUPA), or was it bound to happen anyway?
A: Both DPA (diffuse patterned hair loss) and DUPA (diffuse unpatterned hair loss) are genetic conditions, unrelated to stress and would have happened anyway. These types of hair loss are characterized by a high percentage of mininiaturized hair in broad areas of the scalp. See the Classification of Hair Loss in Men and Classification of Hair Loss in Women pages on the Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration website for more information on this topic.
In contrast, stress generally presents as increased hair shedding, a reversible condition referred to as telogen effluvium. It is called this because the normal growing hair is shifted to a resting (telogen) phase before it temporarily falls out. Increased miniaturization is not associated with telogen effluvium.Related Posts:
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Topic: Causes of Hair Loss
Tags: Bernstein Medical, Classification of Hair Loss in Men, Classification of Women's Hair Loss, Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA), Medical Conditions that Cause Hair Loss, Miniaturization, Shedding, Stress, Telogen Effluvium Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on October 30th, 2007 at 8:24 am