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Telogen effluvium is what kind of baldness?

Telogen effluvium is what kind of baldness?

Stress-related: Telogen effluvium is usually caused by one or more major stresses to the body. These can include rapid weight loss, a major surgery, general anesthesia, high fever, having a baby or stopping birth control pills, a death in the family or any other major stress like these. The hairloss is usually over the entire scalp, but not all hair falls out. Generally, the hair will grow back. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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How to know if I have telogen effluvium or female pattern baldness?

How to know if I have telogen effluvium or female pattern baldness?

Some below: TE may occur if taking drugs such as antidepressants, cardiac drugs like Inderal
(Propranolol). A rapid increase in hair loss, a positive tug(pulling hair) test to note if clubs are at end are also useful. Hypothyroidism hyperthyroidism can cause it too and reverse with Rx. Often severe stress is a cause. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between telogen effluvium and male pattern baldness?

How can I distinguish between telogen effluvium and male pattern baldness?

Easy: Male pattern baldness follows a predictable progression, advancing on the temples and crown as you get older. The more chest hair you're naturally blessed with, generally the faster you have hair loss. Teloven effluvium is unrelated, and is a patchy shedding of hairs often in particular areas. ...Read more

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Does telogen effluvium and mild alopecia areata affect the hairline permanently?

Does telogen effluvium and mild alopecia areata affect the hairline permanently?

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. Alopecia areata can be controlled with intralesional scalp cortisone injections. Your thyroid also needs to be checked. ...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 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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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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Hi! I'm 20 and I'm affected by androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. Could serenoa repens not allow the growth in height? I take every day sereno

Hi! I'm 20 and I'm affected by androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. Could serenoa repens not allow the growth in height? I take every day sereno

Not height growth: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a child nor his doctor can do to increase height. By age 20 neither serenoa repens (saw palmetto) nor anything else will affect height. ...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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I have lost 30% of my hair in last 4 months and there is excess oily dandruff too. Could it be androgenic alopecia or telogen effluvium?

Suspect seborrhea: I'd favor seborrheic dermatitis involving the scalp which can be treated; telogen effluvium is my second choice. How is your thyroid? You need to be seen by a competent dermatologist. ...Read more

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I was dignosed androgenic alopecia with telogen effluvium. I've lost temple hairs. She said there is no chance of hair growth on temples.

I was dignosed androgenic alopecia with telogen effluvium. I've lost temple hairs. She said there is no chance of hair growth on temples.

Who's advising you?: You're 23. All men lose the hair on our temples at about your age. Look around you. If the individual who told you about this is also the person who told you to put apple cider vinegar on your head, you are in serious need of a solid relationship with a different, evidence-based health care provider -- perhaps even a scientific holist. ...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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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 possibles. 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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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

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10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Won't 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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Can something like missing one period trigger telogen effluvium, or does it have to be a major shock? (crash diet, severe stress, etc)

Can something like missing one period trigger telogen effluvium, or does it have to be a major shock? (crash diet, severe stress, etc)

Telogen effluvium: Missing one period should not trigger telegenic effluvium by itself. However, a shock to the system could lead to both, such as marked weight loss and excessive exercise in women. If none of these occurred see your gynecologist or dermatologist. Also, this can occur as an adverse reaction to a medication. ...Read more

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What causes telogen effluvium?

What causes telogen effluvium?

Mostly stress: Any stress that disturbs the immune system such as illness, surgeries, accidents, relationship, death in the family etc ...Read more

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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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