Telogen effluvium is a condition where a patient experience excessive hair shedding and hair loss. Typically, we shed about 80 to 100 hair strands a day, this is considered normal. But more than 100 strands means increased hair shedding or is considered hair loss.
The term telogen is actually a part of the hair growth cycle, this is also called the resting phase. In any given moment, about 10 to 15% of our hair is in this stage and could last for around 100 days. During telogen phase the hair follicle separates from the dermal papilla, a structure found at the base of the hair follicle responsible for hair growth. Then a the hair follicle will for a bulb or commonly known as a “club hair”. During this time hair is either pushed out by new hair growth or pulled out by external forces like combing or rubbing hair against a pillow.
In Latin, effluvium means “a flow out”, in medical terminology it means “a shedding.
What is the cause of teleogen effluvium?
The cause of telogen effluvium varies and differs from person to person. Extreme stress is a common cause of telogen effluvium, usually stress from child birth (post partum hair loss), hormonal changes, major operation, certain illnesses, some medication and over dieting. Of course stressors differ for every person; one event can be very stressful for one individual, while others may or may not find it stressful at all.
Is there a cure for telogen effluvium?
There is no cure for telogen effluvium; fortunately, this condition is self limiting. Once an individual recovers from any stressful event, hair will eventually grow back again. Sadly, it will take a few months for hair to grow back its original thickness; this is where hair growth stimulants can help hasten the hair growth process. Products like FAST shampoo and conditioner are specifically made to encourage faster hair growth.