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What Is Telogen Effluvium Hair loss?

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Telogen effluvium is a temporary condition in which hair thinning and shedding develops. However, complete hair loss does not occur.

Normally you’ll notice the hair loss begin at the top of the scalp several weeks to months after the cause. While most patients will experience hair loss at the top of the scalp, others will have it in other areas of the body.

What Causes Telogen Effluvium?

This condition is most common in women and there are many factors that might cause it, such as:

  • Having a high fever
  • Giving birth
  • Hormonal changes like menopause
  • Severe infections
  • A severe chronic illness
  • Severe psychological stress
  • Major surgery or illness
  • Over or underactive thyroid gland
  • Certain diets
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Exposure to toxins found in some metals
  • Having an autoimmune disease
  • Taking certain prescription and over the counter medications
  • Taking Recreational drugs

Diagnosing the Condition

When suffering from telogen effluvium, it’s of the utmost importance to determine the cause. Blood tests can be used to help determine any underlying conditions.  A scalp biopsy inspected under a microscope may also be useful in finding the answer.

Treating Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss

In most cases, telogen effluvium doesn’t require any treatment. The condition usually begins to decrease 6 to 8 months once the cause for the hair loss is under control.

Hair Experts in Atlanta

If you’re concerned that you may have telogen effluvium or another hair condition, give us a call.  Dr. Stong, our hair specialist in Atlanta, can help you get your healthy locks back.

Posted on behalf of Kalos Hair Transplant
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
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