Bulimia and Hair Loss -This article is for information only and is not designed to aid self diagnosis. Sufferers of bulimia or other eating disorders must seek professional advice immediately from your GP. We may be in a position to assist when dealing with hair loss which may result.
This is a serious condition that can be fatal. Bulimia Nervosa presents as a mental disorder. Patient’s identity and self-esteem are dependent on body weight and the body’s image.
Symptoms include: Patients may eat excessive quantities of foods consumed within a short period of time. Bulimia sufferers adopt such behavior to avoid weight gain such as self-induced vomiting. , Laxatives, diuretics, enemas, fasting and excessive exercise which are all common signs. These apparent symptoms tend to occur frequently and over several months. Patients tend to adopt one of two methods in order to compensate for their excessive eating. Self-induced vomiting, or the misuse of laxatives or diuretics and those that starve themselves or exercise excessively.
Who may be affected. Bulimia affects both sexes. The average age of onset for bulimia is 18 years. May affect children as young as 9 and adults into their mid-40s. Both Anorexia & Bulimia may cause serious and potentially fatal physical and psychological conditions. Organ failure and other such vital functions may suffer serious consequences: Heart, Endocrine system, Nervous system, Kidneys, Blood etc. May result in death from multiple organ failure, starvation, gastric hemorrhaging, or suicide.
Treatment Medication in required urgently. Nutritional therapy and psychotherapy tend to aid recovery.
Triggers – Self dissatisfaction, Family issues, Emotional stresses, Educational & Work problems.
Hair loss may be an obvious side effect or symptom. Therapy is available in some cases however, medication must be sought in the first instance from your GP. We may be able to assist with hair recovery working with your Doctor if appropriate.