Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium is a non-scarring form of hair loss that occurs when a large number of hair follicles enter the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle prematurely, leading to increased shedding of hair. This condition can be triggered by various factors, including physical or emotional stress, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or certain medications.

Symptoms of Telogen Effluvium:

 The main symptom of telogen effluvium is increased shedding of hair from the scalp, typically occurring several months after the triggering event or factor. Other symptoms may include:

  • Thinning of hair all over the scalp
  • Excessive hair loss when combing or washing hair
  • Noticeable hair loss on pillows, clothing, or shower drain
  • Scalp tenderness or discomfort in some cases

Causes of Telogen Effluvium:

Several factors can contribute to the development of telogen effluvium, including:

  • Physical or emotional stress: Significant stressors such as illness, surgery, childbirth, emotional trauma, or sudden weight loss can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle and lead to hair shedding.
  •  Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as those occurring during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or thyroid disorders, can trigger telogen effluvium.
  •  Medical conditions: Chronic illnesses, nutritional deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, or severe infections can disrupt the hair growth cycle and cause excessive hair shedding.
  • Medications: Certain medications, including chemotherapy drugs, anticoagulants, retinoids, beta-blockers, and hormonal medications, can cause telogen effluvium as a side effect.
  • Dietary factors: Poor nutrition, crash diets, or vitamin and mineral deficiencies can affect hair health and contribute to telogen effluvium.

Telogen Effluvium

Treatment Options for Telogen Effluvium

Treatment for telogen effluvium depends on identifying and addressing the underlying cause of hair loss. Common treatment options include:

  • Addressing underlying medical conditions: Treating any underlying medical conditions, nutritional deficiencies, or hormonal imbalances is essential for managing telogen effluvium.
  • Managing stress: Practicing stress-reduction techniques such as relaxation exercises, meditation, yoga, or counseling can help reduce hair shedding associated with stress.
  • Dietary changes: Consuming a balanced diet rich in protein, essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can support hair health and promote regrowth.
  • Medical management: Medications Minoxidil, hair supplements, Peptide based serum, Platelet rich plasma therapy, Growth factor concentrates really helps in minimizing shedding and early recovery.
  • Scalp treatments: Using gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and avoiding harsh chemical treatments can help minimize further damage to the hair and scalp.

Preventing Telogen Effluvium

While telogen effluvium may not always be preventable, taking steps to maintain overall health and minimize stress can help reduce the risk of hair loss. Strategies for preventing telogen effluvium include:

  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques and stress-reduction activities
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein
  • Avoiding crash diets or extreme weight loss regimens
  • Limiting the use of harsh hair care products and treatments
  • Seeking prompt medical attention for any underlying medical conditions or hormonal imbalances

Telogen Effluvium


Telogen effluvium is a common and often reversible form of hair loss that can be triggered by various factors. If you’re experiencing excessive hair shedding or thinning, it’s essential to consult with a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. With the right approach, telogen effluvium can be effectively managed, allowing you to restore hair health and confidence.

If you have any concerns about telogen effluvium or would like to explore treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at AlloRoots Hair Restoration. Our experienced team is here to support you on your journey to healthier, fuller hair.

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