In this series, Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher, talks about Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata, two different hair loss conditions, which cause tremendous hair fall like a Tsunami.

Why happens in the condition Telogen Effluvium?

This name itself is quite suggestive. It is derived from a combination of 2 words- Telogen which refers to the falling phase of the hair and Effluvium which means to “evaporate”. Thus in condition the hair fall is so rapid and fast, that one can almost say the hair simply “evaporates” from the head, leading to substantial baldness in a very short time period. Often the patient describes that even simply touching the head leads to the falling off a few hair strands.

What are the causes of Telogen effluvium?

The causes are many and varied which is why the condition occurs so often. Some of the common causes are – frequent and repeated change of water as occurs from relocating, fevers and chronic illness, emotional stress like exam stress, certain medications like oral contraceptives, crash dieting, child birth and so on. Often this condition superimposes on other hair loss conditions worsening the situation. For example let’s says a person having hereditary hair loss also has to travel frequently. Frequent travel causes Telogen Effluvium, which then increases the hair fall rapidly leading baldness. This is why very often we see the young man/woman go balder faster than their parents ever did.

Is it is a correctable situation?

Fortunately yes. Even though the condition progresses rapidly, unlike other hair loss conditions in this condition the follicles don’t die a quick death and in fact remain alive even up to the later stages of hair loss. Thus re growth becomes a distinct possibility and when treated correctly quite a bit of the hair fallen off can be recovered back as well.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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