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Telogen Effluvium


Stress and Hair Loss: Understanding Telogen Effluvium

Daily stress is a fact of life. But did you know it can also contribute to hair loss? Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair-thinning condition triggered by stress or other disruptions in the hair growth cycle.



What is Telogen Effluvium?

Hair goes through a natural cycle of growth, resting, and shedding. Telogen effluvium occurs when a stressful event pushes a large number of hair follicles prematurely into the resting phase. This leads to increased hair shedding, often noticeable 2-3 months after the stressor.

Causes of Telogen Effluvium:

    • Stress: Physical or emotional stress can disrupt the hair cycle.
    • Medical Conditions: Childbirth, severe illness, high fevers, thyroid problems, and some medications can trigger hair loss.
    • Dietary Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients can impact hair health.

Symptoms of Telogen Effluvium:

    • Increased hair shedding, particularly noticeable during combing or washing.
    • Thinning hair, often diffuse across the scalp.

Chronic Telogen Effluvium:

This condition, primarily affecting women with previously thick hair, can be more subtle. While shedding might be significant, it’s less noticeable due to overall hair density.

Treatment and Prognosis:

The good news: Telogen effluvium is usually temporary. Once the stressor is eliminated, shedding typically slows down or stops within 6-8 months. In most cases, treatment isn’t necessary. Hair loss signifies new hair growth pushing out the old.

However, if you suspect medication, a nutritional deficiency, or underlying health issues are contributing to hair loss, consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.

Concord Hair Restoration Can Help!

We offer consultations with hair loss specialists who can diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action.

Contact us today for a free consultation in Los Angeles or San Diego.

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