Stress and alopecia areata
Does stress affect alopecia areata?
The disease causes great psychological stress for many people. The stress itself can worsen the disease once it has been triggered.
The stress contributes to increased hair loss, which can lead to spots spreading and getting bigger.
This means that the disease causes patchy hair loss, which in turn induces stress in the individual. This stress then leads to further hair loss. And so it goes round and round, getting worse and worse.