Hair Loss due to Telogen Effluvium

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Posted on : October 13, 2016 | Author: John Kahen | Category: Hair Loss

Everyone loses hair. It happens during your morning shower, while you're blowing it dry, or when you give it a quick brush—and that's normal. "On average, we lose fifty to a hundred hair follicles a day," says Dr. John Kahen, M.D., a Los Angeles-based hair restoration and hair transplant surgeon at Beverly Hills Hair Restoration. "That's just hair going through its cycles, and there will be a new one to replace it very soon." Men are not the only ones experiencing hair loss; here is one cause of hair loss within women.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the "resting" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.

The symptoms: Women with telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss 6 weeks to 3 months after a stressful event. At its peak, you may lose handfuls of hair.

The tests: There are no tests for telogen effluvium, but your doctor may ask you about recent life events and look for small "club- shaped" bulbs on the fallen hair's roots. The bulbs mean the hair has gone through a complete cycle of growth, suggesting that the cycle may have sped up due to stress.

What you can do?

In some cases, such as pregnancy or major surgery, you may have to bide your time until the hair loss slows. If medication is the culprit, talk to your doctor about lowering your dosage or switching drugs. If it's stress-related, do your best to reduce anxiety and attempt to the best of your ability to relax. You may also want to take Biotin to speed up the hair growth process. Another alternative may be looking into Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy if you feel the hair loss is severe. Dr. Kahen’s female patients have had much success through PRP therapy. If you’d like to learn more about PRP you can do so here. We hope this information helps.


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