8 Scary Ways Stress is Affecting Your Everyday Health

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Scientists are learning more and more about the impact that stress plays on your health. It’s not just your mental health that can be hurt by both acute and chronic stress.

Stress can take a major toll on your physical health, as well.

Read on for some of the ways stress impacts your body.

1. Balding.

 

Yep, it’s true — elevated stress levels can make you lose your hair, in several different ways. One of the more obvious ways is through trichotillomania, a disorder that causes people to rip their hair out to alleviate stress. But, it’s not just physically pulling out hair that is influenced by stress. Two hair loss issues can both happen as the result of stress. Alopecia areata, where the immune system attacks hair follicles, and telogen effluvium, which causes hair to stop growing and eventually fall out.

2. Dental Problems.

Chronic stress can impact your teeth and gums, too. Dry mouth, canker sores, and even gum disease can all result from elevated stress levels. Another major issue is that people who are experiencing major stress are more likely to neglect their oral health. Making sure to