Growing number of young S. Koreans treated for stress-induced hair loss

Growing number of young S. Koreans treated for stress-induced hair loss

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A growing number of people in South Korea are being treated for premature hair loss.
For those suffering from stress-induced hair loss, exercise and getting enough sleep can mitigate the problem.
Park Se-young has more.
This young man has been under stress from work and now has new worries.

“I feel like I’m losing more hair when washing it and my scalp feels really itchy.”

In the last three years, 663-thousand people were treated for hair loss.
Of them, nearly half were people in their 20s and 30s, …an age group that starts feeling the effects of stress from work.
Unlike genetic or hormonal hair loss, stress-induced hair loss begins two to four months after the cause of stress and hair thins out across the whole scalp.
When the cause of stress disappears, the lost hair grows back over the course of six to twelve months.
Both oriental and western medicines examine the cause of hair loss before treatment.
Generally, experts focus on improving blood circulation and oxygen supply to the scalp.
Some patients may undergo immunotherapy or light therapy, and western medicine often includes steroid treatment.

“Medication can be taken orally or rubbed into the scalp, or patients can get steroid injections where the hair has fallen out.”

Oriental medicine includes oral and topical medicine, as well as acupuncture in the problem areas to boost circulation.

“Giving a slight stimulus to thinning spots using acupuncture or auto microneedles can restore and increase blood circulation.”

In addition to treatments, it’s important to manage stress by getting regular exercise and sleeping normal hours.
Hair loss can also be made worse by the hot weather and increased sweat and sebum production in the summer.
It helps to wear hats or use a parasol …and make sure the scalp is clean when washing your hair.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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