Trichobezoar

Trichobezoars or human hairballs are complications of trichophagia or eating of the hair. Trichophagia occurs when hair that is pulled out is chewed and then swallowed. The hair will eventually collect in a sufferer’s stomach and will cause stomach problems such as indigestion and pain. Trichophagia is very commonly associated with Trichotillomania.

Trichophagia

Trichophagia comes from the Greek words “tricha”= hair + “phagein”= to eat. Trichophagia is defined as compulsive eating of one’s hair. Trichophagia is not when an individual is mindlessly chewing on the ends of their hair, as many young children do when they are bored. Trichophagia occurs when hair is chewed and then swallowed. The hair will eventually collect in a sufferer’s stomach and will cause stomach problems such as indigestion and pain. If severe enough, a person can be given medication to induce vomiting or undergo surgery to remove the massive amounts of accumulated hair.

Trichotillomania Wigs

trichotillomania wigsTrichotillomania – the disorder where a person has a compulsive urge to pull out his or her hair – can be devastating to a person’s life. It can make it hard for a person to be social. It can also make a person feel wracked with feelings of negative emotions. And of course, it could have an extremely negative impact on a person’s physical appearance.

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