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Anagen Effluvium


Understanding Anagen Effluvium: Hair Loss During Treatment

Anagen Effluvium is a hair loss condition that occurs during the growth (anagen) phase of the hair cycle. It’s most commonly experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Anagen Effluvium

What Happens During Anagen Effluvium?

These treatments target rapidly dividing cells, including those in the hair follicles. This disrupts hair growth, leading to:

    • Sudden Hair Loss: Hair loss typically starts within a few weeks of treatment and can be rapid.
    • Broken or Irregular Hair: Hair may appear broken off or have an uneven appearance.

The Good News: Hair Regrowth After Treatment

The positive aspect of Anagen Effluvium is that hair loss is usually temporary. Here’s what to expect after treatment ends:

    • Natural Regrowth: Hair growth typically resumes within 3-6 months after stopping chemotherapy or radiation.
    • Texture Changes: Hair texture might be different initially, but it usually returns to its natural state over time.

Treatment Options During Chemotherapy/Radiation:

    • Monitoring: Often, simply observing for natural hair regrowth after treatment is the recommended approach.
    • Minoxidil: This topical medication may help stimulate hair growth.
    • Scalp Cooling: A cooling cap or system can be used during treatment to reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs reaching the scalp follicles, potentially minimizing hair loss.
    • Cosmetic Camouflage: For temporary solutions, cosmetic products can help conceal hair loss in areas like eyebrows and eyelashes.

Hair Transplants After Anagen Effluvium

Hair transplants are generally not recommended immediately following Anagen Effluvium. This is because the scalp needs time to heal, and hair follicles might still be recovering. However, if hair regrowth is incomplete after a sufficient waiting period, a hair transplant can be discussed with a doctor to explore its suitability.

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