Telogen effluvium is another type of male hair loss, which occurs when too many hair follicles enter the resting stage, disrupting the healthy growth cycle.

This can affect around 30% of the scalp’s follicles and cause as many as 300 hairs to fall out daily.

The scalp might feel itchy or even uncomfortable, with potential stinging sensations.

Exact effects may differ from one person to another.

Telogen effluvium is unlikely to lead to total baldness, but it’s possible that hair will become thinner across the full scalp.

In chronic cases of telogen effluvium, the condition persists for more than a year.

Diagnosis may be as simple as pulling the hair gently to determine if more than a normal number of hairs can be removed.

Women aged between 30 and 60 years old are particularly at risk of chronic telogen effluvium, even if they’re healthy otherwise.

Those with thick and/or long hair are especially likely to notice excessive shedding, as well as those with a higher likelihood of experiencing hair loss related to genetics.

Common causes of telogen effluvium

Thyroid abnormalities and medications

Vitamin A in large doses or medications for blood pressure and gout can all cause telogen effluvium.

Poor diet

A bad diet can have a negative effect on hair growth.

Eating programs created or supervised by a physician have become popular, as are supplements and vitamins.

However, vitamins can’t prevent hair loss that occurs when an individual loses a lot of weight in a short period.

Any supplements rich in vitamin A may exacerbate hair loss, too.

Physical and emotional stress

Hair loss can be caused by surgery, emotional stress, or physical illnesses, as the body stops production of hair during high-stress periods.

The reason is simple: hair is not essential for human survival, so all energies are channelled into repairing essential structures within the body instead.

Hair loss may not become noticeable until around three months after production stops, and growth could take three months after the stressful period ends.

Certain health conditions contributing to hair loss may remain undetected for some time, such as anaemia or thyroid abnormalities (detectable by a quick blood test).

Addressing these causes of telogen effluvium should lead normal hair growth to continue.

Hair loss in all its forms can be incredibly difficult to cope with at stage in life, for any gender.

The root cause may be addressed directly in some cases, but in others, the hair may be unable to grow back without hair transplant surgery.

The latest technologies and techniques enable specialists to transplant healthy hairs to areas affected by thinning or balding.

New hairs will emerge across the following 12 – 18 months without visible scarring, revitalising the entire scalp with natural, seamless growth.

To learn more about your hair transplant surgery options, contact the HairPalace team today.

FAQ

What percentage of hair do you lose with telogen effluvium? 

Hair that falls out due to telogen effluvium may grow back within three to six months of treatment. The amount of hair loss may decrease in some cases but won’t stop completely. Generally, 50% or less of hair falls out.

How do you know if your hair is growing back after telogen effluvium? 

Regrowth is a clear (and obvious) indication of recovery, though it can be overlooked. Telogen effluvium may be more advanced and visible in some areas than others, but tends to cause significant hair loss on top of the scalp. Look for signs of new growth at the top of your hairline after around three to six months of losing your hair.

How do I know if I have telogen effluvium? 

Losing more hair than usual is an obvious sign of telogen effluvium. People lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day on average, but this may increase if you have a severely stressful experience. Symptoms can appear three or four months following the incident.

Can I go bald from telogen effluvium? 

Telogen effluvium doesn’t cause full baldness in most cases, though you may lose 300 – 500 hairs each day. Hair will also become thinner around the temples and crown. This condition can be the result of childbirth, a fever, a medical issue, a thyroid imbalance, or invasive surgery.