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Oscar Pistorius and stress-related hair loss

stress-related hair loss

Oscar Pistorius, the South African gold medal-winning Paralympian, has frequently been in the news cycle for the ongoing legal trials and appeals following his conviction for the tragic shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steinkamp. The incident occurred in 2013, and Pistorius has been in and out of courtrooms since the incident in 2013, debating the trial’s sentencing. The media, naturally, has closely covered this case, following and reporting on each development. The proceedings have taken an emotional toll on the Paralympian, changing his hairline noticeably. Those familiar with stress-related hair loss can recognize it.

Before the trial began, Pistorius displayed the common signs of male-pattern hair loss, with a classically receding hairline. As the trial continued, however, there were noticeable bald patches on his head, often on the sides and back, which are not the typical symptoms of male pattern baldness.

Doctors and experts theorize that Pistorius’ increased hair loss may be related to stress. Telogen effluvium and alopecia areata, two types of hair loss, may be to blame in this case. Telogen effluvium happens when the follicles enter the resting “telogen” phase early, disturbing the hair’s natural growth cycle. Alopecia areata is patchy, discolored hair that returns where patches formerly existed, which is evident in several photos of Pistorius from his trial.

The trial’s stress and uncertainty over his fate have severely affected Pistorius, as shown in his hair and hair loss. For individuals suffering from stress-related hair loss, there are few reliable options for treatment. Surgery and other treatments can be expensive and ineffective, while shampoos and topical creams often have little to no effect.

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