Types and Causes of Hair Loss

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a form of hair loss that arises from the changes in a person’s hair growth cycles. Though this condition is considered to be an important cause for alopecia, it is a poorly defined hair loss condition with not much research done to support this condition.

General thinning of the hair over a period of months is the main characteristic of telogen effluvium. It is those who have recently undergone some trauma recently, which may be in the form of some major surgery, some sever and dangerous illness and childbirth who are more prone and may suffer from telogen effluvium. Once this trauma is overcome, the signs of telogen effluvium tend to subside with time.

It is usually when one or more factors tend to disturb the normal the normal growth cycle of hair that you find telogen effluvium setting in on a body. It is also when lots of hair is pushed from the hair growth phase into the resting (telogen) phase that telogen effluvium starts in a person.

Telogen hairs are loosely attached to the scalp and fall off easily

As the roots of telogen hairs are attached loosely to the scalp, they tend to fall off easily. However this unusual behavior of hair is something that is temporary, and can be reversed too.

There are many causes of telogen effluvium; but all of them lead to the alteration of a normal hair cycle. Some of these causes are temporary, where there is regrowth of hair after some time. Then there are also cases of persistent causes for telogen effluvium, that lead to continuous hair loss.

Causes for telogen effluvium are divided into three types; general health causes, an inadequate diet and stress. In fact, many dermatologists have proven that too much of stress can lead to negative hair growth, and thus persistent telogen effluvium. It is not actually know how stress can affect hair follicles.

Actual picture of what goes on in telogen effluvium

However it is suggested that hair follicles are invaded, and surrounded by a network of never cells when in stress. Even any chemical activity that exists in the nervous system of a person has its share of effects on hair follicles.

Telogen hairs are usually in the growth stage, and at the most, a hundred hairs may fall off the scalp per day. The greatest problem of telogen effluvium is that lots of hair tends to enter the resting phase of the hair cycle. This tends to lead to greater shedding of hair than usual.

Unlike other forms of hair loss, there is no point of using products like Minoxidil and Rogaine for treating telogen effluvium. This is because these products in no way help in treating the condition of in accelerating re-growth process of hair.

It is only by finding and eliminating the cause for telogen effluvium will you be able to control hair loss, and stop the re-occurrence of telogen effluvium in the scalp anymore. Of course, don’t expect miracles, it is only after some time of eradicating these causes that you find some relief from telogen effluvium.

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