Female Hair Loss: What is Telogen Effluvium?

POSTED: 07 April 2012

There are a wide range of causes for female hair loss, but one of the most common is telogen effluvium. It is distinct from other types of hair loss in that its effects can be seen as a wide spread shedding of hairs, not only on the scalp, but elsewhere on the body too. The condition usually arises when the body’s physical or hormonal systems come under a high degree of stress, or as a reaction to some forms of medication.

It is common for the condition to worsen fairly quickly, before improving over the following six months. In some rare cases, the condition can become chronic.

Misdiagnosis of women with the condition can sometimes occur, with reasons including neurosis and over-anxiousness mistakenly given for the problem, which manifests itself in a diffused loss of hair rather than bald patches.

Over time though, most cases improve. Telogen effluvium is related to the growth cycles of hair, namely anagen – which last around three years (when the hairs grow), and telogen (when the hairs stop growing and rest), which last about three months.

Following a shock or some stressful event, the usual 15 per cent of hairs in the resting cycle can increase, which results in noticeable hair loss about three months later, when those hairs are shed.

In most circumstances, hair will begin to grow again, thickening up within a few months.

Most adults will experience hair loss of this kind at some point in their lives. If you’re experiencing hair loss and want professional, expert advice on how best to proceed, call Crown Cosma Clinic today.

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