New studies have shown some patients are experiencing hair loss 2-3 months after recovering from COVID-19. Telogen Effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss. It increases the number of hair follicles in the telogen (shedding) phase by more than 50%. Those who experience T.E. show signs 2-3 months after a traumatic event, like the Corona Virus. Researchers believe the “shock” the virus has caused to the body’s immune system is causing this hair loss post recovery. The virus itself may not be causing the hair loss, but the stress and trauma it wreaks on the body is the culprit.
Telogen effluvium is debatably the second most common form of hair loss in both men and women. Other forms of hair loss manifest in concentrated parts of the scalp. Telogen effluvium appears as a diffused thinning all over the scalp. Typically, the crown loses more hair than the sides and back of the head. The hairline is not usually impacted. Telogen effluvium will not cause total and permanent hair loss.
Understanding Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss
To understand telogen effluvium, it is 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 the scalp. We shed an average of 100 hairs a day. These hairs shed following a resting period of three to four months, after a several-year-long growth cycle is complete. Different hairs are in different stages of the growth cycle at different times. However, if you suffer from telogen effluvium a disproportionate number of hair follicles shift suddenly into the resting (catagen) stage. This usually results in the shedding of a large number of hairs within a short period of time.
The treatment for telogen effluvium can depend on the cause. Most cases of telogen effluvium can be waited out, as they will resolve themselves.
Treatment options may include:
*A multi-therapeutic approach will always be the best option to help the scalp and hair return to normal.
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Author: Kristina Wellenkamp-Dunlap