Telogen Effluvium – Trichology Consultation
Telogen Effluvium is a scalp disorder that occurs in periods of emotional or physiological stress, which can result in an alteration of the normal hair cycle. Hair growth is characterised by two key phases. The anagen phase is when the hairs on someone’s head are actively growing, whilst the telogen phase is when they are resting. In the case of telogen effluvium, more hairs are being pushed into that resting period, which creates the hair loss.
Telogen effluvium is probably the second most common form of hair loss that dermatologists notice. On the contrary to other conditions, it is temporary and the hair growth usually recovers. It can also have a more severe impact on certain areas of the scalp than others. If you have telogen effluvium, a lot of hairs will fall out of your scalp at once. However, unlike certain conditions, the hair falling out will be healthy. Quite often, the hair on top of the scalp thins more than on the side or on the back of scalp. Your doctor may do a blood test to check if you have any other symptoms of these conditions. Telogen Effluvium is often limited to the scalp, but in more serious cases it can also affect other areas such as the eyebrows or pubic region.
Telogen effluvium can be caused by different factors: surgery, major physical trauma, major psychological stress, high fever, severe infections or other illness, extreme weight loss or change in diet, abrupt hormonal changes, iron deficiency and certain medications. Persistent excess of hair shedding may be caused by iron deficiency or an underactive thyroid gland.
Telogen Effluvium Diagnosis
To diagnose telogen effluvium, the best option is to visit the Wimpole Clinic and get a physical examination in order to look at the underlying skin and patterns. Because there can be so many factors that can be involved in tellogen effluvium, we act as detectives to understand the real causes. Knowing if the hair fell suddenly or gradually can help our search.
Other information such as allergies or specific diets are clues we can use to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, the evidence lies in your scalp and may require doing a scalp biopsy, which can be essential to solving the case. Sometimes, a blood test is also necessary. Contact us for a consultation and we will help you find out if you have tellogen effluvium.
Telogen Effluvium Treatments
As tellogen effluvium can have an emotional impact, seeking a treatment can help you psychologically and physiologically. If the hair loss is due to an infection, or another condition, treating the underlying problem may help prevent further hair loss. For general male pattern baldness there are two medicines that can be used to treat hair loss: p and minoxidil
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