Telogen Effluvium – Stress Related Hair Loss
Hair growth occurs in three phases: the anagen or growing phase, the catagen or regressing phase, and the telogen or resting phase. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs are caused to go into the telogen phase than normal. Typically, the anagen phase of hair growth lasts for two to four years when it then enters the telogen phase, after which is falls out and is replaced by new hairs. This usually occurs as the rate of about 100 hairs per day.
When someone is experiencing telogen effluvium, some type of bodily change or shock causes more hair to go into the telogen state. These types of shock to the body or central nervous system may include childbirth, long Covid-19, severe trauma, diet, or other causes. There have been numerous cases of hair loss associated with the effects on the body’s nervous system by Covid-19. Some drugs, especially antidepressants, may also induce TE.
While individuals experiencing telogen effluvium (TE) typically never lose all their scalp hair, it appears noticeably thinner.
Treatment & Solutions
Telogen Effluvium can occur on its own or as part of another disease. As a result, anyone who is experiencing hair loss of any kind should first and foremost consult with their primary care physician, dermatologist or other qualified clinician to determine the cause of their hair loss and carefully follow any medical advice given to them by their doctors.
Regardless of the cause of a person’s hair loss, whether it be caused by Telogen effluvium, male pattern baldness or female pattern thinning, or other causes, when a person experiencing hair loss, it can have a huge negative impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence. Most individuals, both men and women, look upon their hair as a huge part of their self-identity, and losing their hair can cause many to withdraw from normal social activities with family and friends. It can also affect their career choices, and general overall attitude.
In the case of telogen effluvium, a wide range of hair loss options are available to men, women and children, regardless of hair type, ranging from small clip-on hair pieces to hair replacement systems and human hair wigs, all perfectly matched in terms of texture, color, and style to the individuals own growing hair.
Each of these options can be custom tailored to each person’s individual needs and help restore a normal day-to-day appearance.