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Have hair loss which derm thinks telogen effluvium, so then why is hair on my legs, eyebrows, under arms, etc. not falling out and still growing?

Have hair loss which derm thinks telogen effluvium, so then why is hair on my legs, eyebrows, under arms, etc. not falling out and still growing?

Unknown: There is little or no research money for telogen effluvium. It is quite variable and often is patchy on the scalp. In severe cases it can effect body hair, axillary hair, pubic hair, eyelash and eyebrow hair. No-one knows how to explain the differences. Does the Dr speculate about the reason for your case? You left out all the interesting details. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

Hair loss: Causes of hair loss include hormonal issues, local infection, trauma eg from hard hair brushes / hot air blow drying / dyes & chemicals, severe illness (during and months after), poor diet, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc. On very rare occasions ordinary medications may be involved, when used at high doses. OTC Biotin, Vitamin D & E, Omega oils orally and Minoxidil lotion topically may help. ...Read more

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Will hair loss from telogen effluvium grow back?

Will hair loss from telogen effluvium grow back?

Telogen effluvium: Because acute telogen effluvium is a reactive process, which resolves spontaneously, treatment usually is limited to reassurance. Any reversible cause of hair shedding, such as poor diet, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, or medication use, should be corrected. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish the difference between telogen effluvium hair loss and hair loss from psoriasis?

How can you distinguish the difference between telogen effluvium hair loss and hair loss from psoriasis?

Dermatologist: Your dermatologist should be able to tell you quite easily and provide a treatment for it. ...Read more

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Hair loss, F- derm said telogen effluvium- bloodwork ok, no other med probs, no fam history of hair loss-no fungal infection. How long can it last?

Hair loss, F- derm said telogen effluvium- bloodwork ok, no other med probs, no fam history of hair loss-no fungal infection. How long can it last?

Ask the derm: The DR who determined you have telogen effluvium should discuss it in detail. Be sure she answers all your questions. What is the specific cause of your problem? There are many possible. This is very important. Typical telogen lasts about 3 months. If present less than 6 months it is acute. If over 6 months it is chronic. The circumstances causing it determine the duration. ...Read more

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How would I know if my hair loss is just telogen effluvium or something else?

How would I know if my hair loss is just  telogen effluvium or something else?

Telogen effluvium: Laboratory studies are of little use in the diagnosis of telogen effluvium if there is clear history of an inciting event. Scalp biopsy is the most useful test to confirm the diagnosis, although this is seldom necessary if the history is characteristic and a gentle hair pull produces numerous telogen hairs. Telogen hairs are identified by a white bulb and the lack of a gelatinous hair sheath. ...Read more

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Hair loss from telogen effluvium. Stopped washing it cuz i hate seeing it fall out. Does not washing hair cause any fungus? It does feel softer

Hair loss from telogen effluvium. Stopped washing it cuz i hate seeing it fall out. Does not washing hair cause any fungus? It does feel softer

No: Scalp fungus is extremely unusual as you mature from adolescence on. You will not get scalp fungus. What is the precise cause for your problem? How bad is it? What has the Dr told you? ...Read more

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Is 40 ferritin low? Diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium after 18 painful months of diffuse hair loss, trying to identify possible deficiencies?

Is 40 ferritin low? Diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium after 18 painful months of diffuse hair loss, trying to identify possible deficiencies?

That value: is considered to be within the normal range, although a bit on the lower end of normal. Exact ranges vary slightly between various references. ...Read more

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Why does telogen effluvium occur after getting over crash diets.Shouldn't the body make hairthicker instead of hair loss when we start eating healthy?

Why does telogen effluvium occur after getting over crash diets.Shouldn't the body make hairthicker instead of  hair loss when we start eating healthy?

Very common: Any shock to the body (such as a crash diet) can trigger a telogen effluvium by interrupting the body's normal hair growth cycle. As your hair cycle returns to normal, and as you eat healthier, your hair will grow back. ...Read more

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Why do meds cause hair loss? And if diet or supplements won't help regrowth after meds done--then what to do, wait it out? Derm said telogen effluvium

Why do meds cause hair loss? And if diet or supplements won't help regrowth after meds done--then what to do, wait it out? Derm said telogen effluvium

Meds hair loss: 43 F asks: Why do meds cause hair loss? And if diet or supplements won't help regrowth after meds done--then what to do, wait it out? Derm said telogen effluvium. ANS: few meds cause hair loss so need more details. Wait it out is usually the best answer. But your dermatologist knows you better than anyone here does. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Allopecia: If scalp hair loss called allopecia is due to hypothyroidism one can reverse it by normalizing thyroid function. Most of the time hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Allopcia is an accompanying autoimmune disorder and may not be due to low thyroid hormones. It's an association -- not causation. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms such as hair loss be reversed?

Can low thyroid hormone symptoms such as hair loss be reversed?

Possibly/depends,,,,: This may be reversed depending on how severe and long-standing the thyroid issue is and how good a person's circulation is. Strict adherence to therapy would also help. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are a ferritin level, thyroid hormone, free testosterone level ? Tests for hair thinning or hair loss.

Overall health: Every man should have an occasional serum ferritin since hemochrmoatosis is common, deadly and treatable. Testosterone assays are of little value in a baldness workup despite what you may hear, but worthwhile in an erectile dysfunction workup. Hypothyroidism leads to a non-male-pattern baldness and thyroid screen is worthwhile every few years. ...Read more

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Can telogen effluvium last for 6 months? (Thyroid, ferritin, hormones are all ok)

Can telogen effluvium last for 6 months? (Thyroid, ferritin, hormones are all ok)

Telogen effluvium: Yes. It can take many months for the hair follicles to recover, and then several months more for hair to grow to the length of your other hair. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more