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Hair Loss from Anorexia
abn102193 posted:
I'm almost 18 years old and I recovered from a mild case of anorexia about two years ago. My lowest weight was 113 pounds so it was never too bad but it would have gotten worse had I not gotten help early. Anyways, I'm completely fine mentally and physically at this point. My only issue is that my hair thinned out during my period of unhealthy eating habits and even though this was two years ago my hair has still not gotten back to its normal density on my scalp. From reading about hair loss online I figured that I have telogen effluvium, a temporary hair loss condition in women. However, this condition is supposed to heal within 6-12 months and it's already been two years so I was wondering what is the best way to deal with this and if anyone else who has struggled with an eating disorder has found a way to solve this problem. My hair loss is really only noticeable to myself unless I'm in a room with really bright lighting or if my hair is wet and I'm in the sun... it's really just something that makes me self conscious so I would like to figure out a solution.
megmo84 responded:
Hi abn102193 -- Thanks for the post. I've had a similar problem, but mine was with eyelash loss. Years ago I had eyelashes that belonged in a mascara commercial. They've thinned considerably even though I've gained weight, cut back on exercise, and improved my diet. Makes me sad. Hopefully my eyelashes will thicken with time. I look forward to hearing other's feedback.

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