Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium is a scalp condition that is characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair. The diffuse thinning generally occurs more on the top of the scalp rather than on the sides, on the back or at the hairline.

To understand telogen effluvium, we must first discuss the stages of hair growth. All the hair follicles on the scalp are not continuously producing hair. There is a growth stage and a resting stage. Generally speaking about 80 to 90 percent of your hair follicles are growing hair at any given time. When hair follicles are actively growing, it's dubbed the anagen phase. When the hair follicles are in the resting stage, it's called the telogen phase. Telogen effluvium occurs when there are a significant number of hair follicles in the telogen stage for any reason. If you are experiencing telogen effluvium, you may notice more hair in your shower drain than normal or an overall thinning of the hair when you look in the mirror.

Telogen effluvium can be caused by a number of things including anemia, childbirth, chronic illness, extreme diet, high fever, hypothyroidism, major surgery and other emotionally, psychologically or physiologically stressful events. Telogen effluvium can be discovered by a trichologist, dermatologist or other doctor through an in-person evaluation and the use of a trichoscope or trichogram. The trichoscope is a microscope that allows the expert to do magnified analysis of the structure, shape and competency of the hair fibers. The trichogram is tool that is used to test the hair's strength, elastic and breakpoint. These are just some of the specialized tools that can be used to uncover scalp and hair disorders.

If the telogen effluvium is caused by a sudden event, then a person may see a more sudden pattern of thinning or hair loss. However, telogen effluvium can also develop slowly and unfortunately persist longer in many patients. If telogen effluvium is linked to an isolated trigger (such as a car accident or surgery), then it's best to wait for the hair to return to its normal state. For persistent cases of telogen effluvium, the cause will need to be determined and then hopefully removed. For example a change in diet, the reduction of stress or hormonal supplements may be necessary.

For many people, the psychological impact of hair loss can be devastating. Those suffering from hair loss can become embarrassed, depressed and defeated. Fortunately nowadays, plenty of hair loss solutions are available. If you think you are experiencing telogen effluvium or any other form of hair loss, consult our trichologist as soon as possible. The Hair Management Group partners with other medical professionals, diagnostic laboratories and nutritionists, locally, nationally and internationally, to develop a customized hair loss treatment plan just for you.