Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. In Telogen effluvium a sudden or stressful event can cause the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into a resting phase. The hair will then stay in the resting phase for about 3 months after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. Telogen effluvium can affect hair on all parts of the body, but, generally, only loss of scalp hair is symptomatic. Telogen Effluvium appears to affect more women than men because more of the precipitating event such as childbirth are experienced by women. Acute telogen effluvium can occur in proper inciting conditions occur.Telogen effluvium can occur at any age.
Telogen effluvium usually occurs about 1-3 months after a major stress to the body. The most common time it occurs is in women about 1-3 months after childbirth. A typical and common case of telogen effluvium would be the episode of severe shedding of hair that may occur approximately 100 days after a woman has given birth. The inciting factor is probably the abrupt hormonal changes that occur at the end of pregnancy. All of the hair grows back within a year. Other causes of telogen effluvium include illness, major physical trauma, menopause, crash diets, severe psychological stress, major surgery (especially with general anesthesia), hypo or hyperthyroidism, acute and severe blood loss. Chronic illness such as malignancy, and any chronic debilitating illness, such as systemic lupus erythematosus.
Telogen effluvium is self-correcting. Hair transplantation is not an effective treatment for telogen effluvium. For men and women, Tricomin Therapy Spray is recommended. Rogaine for Women, and Rogaine 5% for men may also be helpful. Minoxidil a lotion applied to the scalp that stimulates hair growth in some people. Gentle handling of the hair, avoiding over-vigorous combing, brushing and any type of scalp massage are important. Some cases may be caused by a poor diet, and these might be prevented by eating a balanced diet that provides enough protein, iron and other nutrients. Tricomin Therapy Spray, or Nizoral Shampoo also helpful against telogen effluvium. Check your levels of iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid, as any deficiency in these may slow down the hair growth.