What is Telogen Effluvium?

Is there hair on the floor of your bathroom, on your pillow, on your car’s seat, is your hair everywhere? Have your rich, thick locks become brittle and thin? Do you know what is causing this hair loss? Well, it seems like it is Telogen Effluvium. Telogen Effluvium is one of the most prevalent forms of hair loss experienced by both the genders. It is a hair loss condition which occurs when severe or sudden stress causes increased hair shedding. Stressful events result in certain hair follicles entering their resting or telogen phase where they stop growing prematurely. Once into the resting phase, the hair affected by Telogen Effluvium remains in it for some months after which they start to fall. Most often, individuals experiencing Telogen Effluvium recover from the causal event before the hair shedding occurs. The hair loss in Telogen Effluvium is mostly temporary and the hair recovers soon. However, in certain cases the hair loss persists until the underlying cause is treated and resolved. Still wondering how long does it take for hair to re-grow after Telogen Effluvium? Here’s a read for you.

What Does Chronic Telogen Effluvium Look Like?

People suffering from chronic Telogen Effluvium experience prolonged and abnormal hair fall. The scalp hair looks and feels much less dense than normal. However, this is not very noticeable as the hair fall happens subtly over time and so others are hardly able to mark any difference in the individual. In most cases of chronic Telogen Effluvium, the hair ends up getting weak and miniaturized. This alteration in the hair is triggered by factors like ageing, DHT, hormonal imbalance, etc. and eventually leads to premature falling of the hair. Also the hair that grows back is much thinner in Telogen Effluvium. The cycle of fall and re-growth of the hair occurs multiple times in Telogen Effluvium. Although, the thickness of the hair decreases merely by 10% in the first cycle of Telogen Effluvium, this reduction in the size of the hair accelerates through repeated cycles of Telogen Effluvium. The hair size can even shrink by 70 % over time in Telogen Effluvium.

How Long Does It Take For Hair To Grow Back After Telogen Effluvium?

In Telogen Effluvium, chronic hair loss generally starts 2 to 4 months after the event that triggers it occurs and lasts for around 6 months. Once the hair falls off, new hair starts growing quickly. However, substantial re-growth is only observed after many months of the onset of Telogen Effluvium.

What Are The Ways To Deal With Telogen Effluvium?

This health issue can be best dealt with and managed by:

Treating the Cause of Telogen Effluvium: Since Telogen Effluvium is a spontaneous reactive process, treatments to deal with this health issue are limited. However, treating its reversible causes like hypothyroidism, iron deficiency, poor diet, drug use, etc. can bring considerable relief to the patients and help in managing Telogen Effluvium effectively.

Consulting a Dietician: Poor, unhealthy and unbalanced diet is believed to be a major cause of Telogen Effluvium. Consulting a dietician can prove very helpful for sufferers of Telogen Effluvium. Under a dietary supervision, Telogen Effluvium can be managed more effectively. The ideal diet for these people should be rich in all vital nutrients, especially proteins. It should also contain enough iron to help renew the depleted iron deposits. However, if the patient gets enough dosage of vitamin A, this dietary method should be stopped.

Resorting To The Right Treatment for Telogen Effluvium: There are many treatments available for Telogen Effluvium. The first of the medications is Propecia, which is only available for men. It works by restricting DHT, the portent androgen which causes follicular miniaturisation on the scalp. DHT is one of the prime causes behind hair thinning, weakening and breaking. Blocking DHT with Propecia can help stop the progress of balding and make it easier for healthier hair to grow back. It should, however, be noted that Propecia alone, most often, is not enough to re-grow hair to its complete potential. It gives best results when coupled with Minoxidil. Minoxidil stimulates the hair follicles and boosts new growth even when the hair follicles are damaged, unless hair has fully stopped to grow there. Minoxidil is available in a range of varying strengths for both women and men and is easily tolerable for most people.

Being Positive About The Locks: Although Telogen Effluvium does not recover fast, staying reassured and keeping up a positive attitude are the best ways in which the sufferers can deal with this problem. Generally the understanding that Telogen Effluvium will not advance to balding is considered to be a good reassurance for the patients. For staying motivated, Telogen Effluvium sufferers should style their hair in ways which conceal any kind of noticeable flaw in their hair thickness.

Conclusion

Telogen Effluvium is not only a nightmare for your hair, but an overall traumatic experience for you too. So, when experiencing an unusual and abnormal fall and thinning of hair, it is vital to consult a hair loss expert at the earliest to keep your precious tresses healthy and safe from long term damage.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: November 1, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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