Hair blocking the plug in the shower or basin? Hairbrush crammed with hair? Loose hair on your clothes?
This may very well be caused by telogen effluvium, a common form of hair loss that is often referred to as “shock shedding.” You can find out more about TE here: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/effluviums# It can happen a few weeks after a significant surgery or illness (including COVID-19), childbirth, a change of medication, a poor diet, iron deficiency, certain medical conditions, or high stress. The doctor from whose article this excerpt has been taken, says she has seen more telogen effluvium in her patients over the last few months than ever before — clearly because of pandemic-related stress.
Men can have telogen effluvium, but they often won’t notice it if they have short hair. Women with medium or long hair definitely do notice those large clumps of hair in their brush, handfuls of strands that come loose during a shampoo, or a shrinking ponytail diameter. That’s when a terrible, panicky thought may cross your mind: “Oh no! I’m going bald!”
Female Hair Loss Treatment
Here’s the good news! This form of hair loss, though distressing, is temporary and reversible (and, no, you won’t go bald from it). Your hair follicles are not scarred or damaged. They are just resting. The hairs on our head are continually cycling between growing, shedding, and resting (telogen) phases, and shedding becomes more obvious when an increased number of our hairs synchronize in the resting phase. Three to 6 months later, or possibly 12 months after shedding starts, you should start to notice fine, baby growth as the hairs start growing in again.
But some of us aren’t patient. Our hair can be part of our identity, our appearance, and our confidence, and we want to get it back faster. What can help?
Clarify the diagnosis. A board-certified dermatologist can assess your scalp and determine whether you have telogen effluvium or another form of hair loss (there are several types, and many women actually have more than one at the same time).
Make lifestyle changes. It makes good sense to take everyday steps to reduce stress, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. Gentle hair care is a must. That means not-too-tight styles, gentle shampooing, and minimizing harsh heat and chemicals.
Consider treatments and supplements. Dermatologists often recommend over-the-counter minoxidil (Rogaine) 5% solution or foam to the scalp once or twice daily. Some may suggest vitamins that have been shown in human studies to optimize the nutritional environment to support hair growth.
One such treatment that has proven itself here in South Africa is the ANARA HAIR LOSS SERUM, which helps to prevent hair loss, and encourages new hair growth. You can read all about it HERE Anara products are available online HERE or at select Wellness Warehouse stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
**Information extracted from article by LAUREL NAVERSEN GERAGHTY, MD Board-certified dermatologist JANUARY 14, 2021
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