If you have telogen effluvium then you will be experiencing a higher volume of hair loss than normal. Your hair will not have complete bald patches, it might feel thinner and have more scalp showing than before. It isn’t a long-term problem and your hair will regrow over a period of 3 months. However, there is nothing stopping a repeat of the problem later on after you have recovered.
Hair is an important part of a person’s identity and any reduction in hair can make you feel less confident in your own abilities and can lead to depression.
The cause of the condition is a trauma to the body and this can be in the form of an accident, an operation or even a stressful event. All of these can be triggers for telogen effluvium, it can happen once and you never experience another episode or it can occur again later, if you experience some form of trauma.
The symptoms are simple; you notice an increase in the amount of hair falling out. This can be up to 3 months after the trauma and it can take a further 3 months for you to notice any hair regrowth.
Hair has a growing cycle that can last up to three years, there is the shedding stage where hairs fall out, and for some reason trauma can increase this cycle making more hair fall out than what naturally happens.
Medical attention must be sought if you notice an increase in the loss of hair, there are medical conditions that cause hair loss which if the cause of the hair loss will need treating. These include an iron deficiency and prostate cancer, both of these can present with an increase in hair loss. This is why it is important to rule out the possibility of a medical condition, before accepting that the hair loss is telogen effluvium.
Once you have a clear understanding what the condition is that is causing your hair loss. It is a great time to consider the options available to you to ensure the remaining hair is in the best condition and less likely to fall out and ensure your scalp and hair follicles are in the best state when they start the growing cycle.
It will take approximately 3 months for your hair to start growing back and it is important that you take steps to ensure that when this happens the hair that does grow back is high quality hair.
Talking to a hair specialist is just one great option that is open to you, getting the best advice for your hair care to help prevent future hair loss is important.
Therefore, if you have noticed an increase in the amount of hair falling out and you have experienced a trauma in your life recently this could be the cause of your hair loss. However, it is important that you seek medical attention because there are conditions that can lead to an increase in hair loss and it is important to rule these out.