About six months or so into this allergy adventure I thought I noticed my hair thinning. I had so many other things to focusing on I didn’t give it much thought. Then over time I noticed more and more hair on my brush in the morning and strands of my hair were everywhere. It seemed to accumulate on the shower drain faster than it had. Then came the mornings when my brush went from no hair to being full of hair from just brushing once. Visions of baldness streaked through my mind and I started to panic. I know hair thins with age, but my receding hairline was not normal, nor was I ready for it to happen this fast.
It seemed silly to go to the doctor for something like this. I feared my vanity was driving me there. I do tend to put a lot of my identity in my hair – after all, it may be grey but it is still beautiful. Then I realized it could be a sign of something more serious, so I made an appointment. The doctor thoroughly reviewed my records with me. Then she ordered a thyroid test to be sure that was not an issue, which it wasn’t. The doctor and I talked about the past year and the impact the chemical allergies, particularly thiuram mix had on me physically and emotionally. She informed me that a physical or emotional trauma like that can cause hair loss. Further, it is not unusual that the hair loss does not show up for months afterward. She offered an appointment with the dermatologist and a scalp biopsy if I wanted to look into it further. I declined.
According to the May Clinic web site “People typically lose about 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.” The Mayo Clinic titles it “A very stressful event” that results in “Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary.”
I like the sound of that, temporary. For now I am leaning into the stressful event thiuram mix created as being the cause of my hair loss. I’ll wait it out a few more months and see where it goes from here. It will begin to recover if that is the case. Until then I know my morning routine will include not only watching my hair brush for hair loss, but checking for new fuzz along my hairline. Let’s hear it for fuzz.
UPDATE – November 2019
It has been five months since my hair started falling out and caused me to become even more stressed than before. In the past few months I did weekly castor oils treatments to my scalp and bought a silk pillow case. Those are the things I found doing research that consistently kept coming up. I can now say that my hair is growing back. The thin spots show definite signs of thicker hair. One of the major factors in the regrowth I believe is the reduction in stress in my life, and that the rash is under control. I am celebrating all of those short out of control hairs that currently frame my face and that this symptom was in deed temporary.