What is Telogen Effluvium and am I Experiencing it?

Telogen Effluvium is the second most common form of hair loss. While Telogen Effluvium is common, the good news is that it is usually reversible and complete regrowth occurs in about a year

According to the American Hair Loss Association, Telogen Effluvium is the second most common form of hair loss.  While Telogen Effluvium is common, the good news is that it is usually reversible and complete regrowth occurs in about a year.  However, it is extremely important to treat the Telogen Effluvium and try to determine the cause.

Telogen Effluvium usually presents as a diffuse hair loss, meaning coming from all parts of the scalp.  While it is normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day, during a Telogen Effluvium episode you can notice more excessive shedding.  The telogen phase of the hair cycle is the resting phase, which is when shedding normally occurs, however, during a Telogen Effluvium either the telogen phase is extended or an abnormal number of hairs enter this phase.  This can be caused by pregnancy, rapid weight loss, protein deficiency, emotional stress, physical illness, surgery, trauma, and some medications.

Treating Telogen Effluvium is really a two step process.  The first step is determining what is causing the “shock” to your hair.  It is possible there was a singular insult like a surgery, however, with more chronic issues like stress or medications, you will need to stop the injury to truly treat your Telogen Effluvium.  The second step is to treat the hair loss to try and strengthen and rejuvenate your hair.  While not all treatments are appropriate for Telogen Effluvium, a combination of Low Level Laser Therapy, Formula 82M, and VIviscal can be very effective.

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