Suffering from the uncomfortable effects of Telogen Effluvium?
Affecting both men and women, telogen effluvium is debatably the second most common form of hair loss addressed by doctors, with the first being male pattern balding. Though the condition isn’t fully understood—not unlike many balding conditions—telogen effluvium is best defined by its scattered presentation and its eventual reversal. While some other forms of hair loss manifest in concentrated parts of the scalp, telogen effluvium appears as a diffuse thinning all over the scalp—though certain areas can lose more hair than others. The crown of the head, for instance, tends to lose slightly more hair than the sides or the back of the scalp. If there is good news, it’s that the hairline is usually not impacted, and having telogen effluvium will not cause total and permanent hair loss.
Causes Of Telogen Effluvium
To understand telogen effluvium, it’s best to first have a working idea of how a “normal” head of hair works. The average person has 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair on his or her head and sheds an average of 100 hairs each day. These hairs are shed following a resting period of three to four months, which begins after the several-years-long growth cycle is complete. At any given time, different hairs are in different stages of the growth cycle, but if you suffer from telogen effluvium, a disproportionate number of hair follicles shift suddenly into the resting stage. This usually results in the shedding of a large number of hairs within a short period of time.
- Some medications
- Crash dieting
- Dietary or vitamin deficiency
- Physical trauma, such as a car accident or surgery
Telogen Effluvium Treatment
The treatment for telogen effluvium depends on the cause. Most cases of telogen effluvium can be waited out, as they’ll resolve themselves. Aggressive and persistent cases may respond well to supplements, vitamins, scalp stimulation, laser therapy, and an improved diet.