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.
The treatment for telogen effluvium depends on the cause. Most cases of telogen effluvium, if addressed early, can be turned around sooner than later with aggressive treatment. Aggressive and persistent cases may respond well to treatment. Early diagnosis with proper blood lab results can help slow the shed along with speeding up the new growth of anagen (new) hair.
The professionals at HPIHair Partners develop an individual plan for each client depending on the depth of the hair loss, the conditions and your need to restore your hair. Treatment options can consist of topical treatments, supplements, scalp stimulation treatments, low-level laser therapy, scalp microneedling with growth factors.
Written by: Ashley Neuweg MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Telogen effluvium (TE) is one of the most commonly diagnosed hair loss conditions among dermatologists. TE is described as a form of non-scarring alopecia, which is characterized by temporary diffuse hair loss. Diffuse hair loss is seen throughout a large area of the scalp with symmetrical thinning.
In the majority of cases, TE is sudden and acute. Acute TE is defined by shedding of less than 50% of the hair on the scalp for less than six months. Shedding that occurs greater than six months…read more