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Telogen Effluvium

A number of different hair and scalp disorders and conditions exist that affect your ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Some conditions are inherited, while others are caused by a variety of factors, including hair and head maintenance, stress, medications, or hormonal levels.

Telogen Effluvium is a scalp condition that happens when hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen phase of the hair follicle growth cycle. The telogen phase is the third of the three major phases in the hair follicle growth cycle. During this phase, the hair remains attached to the follicle but does not grow. It essentially rests within the follicle until the end of the phase, at which point the hair naturally sheds or falls out.

Telogen Effluvium

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The word “effluvium” means “outflow,” so the condition’s name refers to an outflow of hair that occurs following the telogen phase.

All three phases of the hair regrowth cycle are important to growing hair on your head. However, if hair follicles enter the telogen phase early, it can result in shedding or hair loss that occurs at a more rapid rate than hair growth. As such, telogen effluvium typically results in hair thinning or shedding.

Telogen effluvium can occur for a number of reasons. Metabolic or hormonal stress, hormonal shifts, or medication can all lead to the onset of telogen effluvium. Emotional or physical stress, or stressful events in life, can also cause this scalp condition. Telogen effluvium can also occur in conjunction with giving birth, eating disorders, major surgery, anemia, fever, chronic illness, crash diets, emotional disorders, drugs, or hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not function properly.

To diagnose telogen effluvium, a doctor may perform a biopsy, trichogram, or trichoscopy, which is a hair and scalp evaluation.

Temporary telogen effluvium often is over within 6 months. However, longer term conditions are possible, and in some cases, can lead to permanent hair thinning or hair loss.

According to WebMD, telogen effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss seen by dermatologists. At any given time, a healthy head of hair has between 80 and 90 percent of its hair follicles growing or producing hair. That means the other 10 or 20 percent are resting or shedding (in the telogen phase). However, when an increased amount of hair follicles are in the telogen phase, telogen effluvium is usually the reason.

In most cases, people with telogen effluvium do not lose all of their hair, though the hair thinning or hair loss can be significant, and can happen quickly. If your hair does not grow back, or if you wish to help regrow a full and healthy head of hair, consider beginning treatment with Avacor® hair regrowth products. Avacor Physicians Formulation® is designed for both men and women, and is an FDA-Approved product proven to help regrow hair in as little as 2 months. Avacor® All Natural Nutricaps are a completely natural product that improve and maintain hair follicle health using organic ingredients. Healthy hair follicles and a well-maintained scalp can help avoid the onset of telogen effluvium.

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