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     Telogen Effluvium is a generalized and diffuse loss of hair that in its most severe form can affect the entire body. Normally though it is a localized condition developing over a period of three months. Rarely does an individual experience more than one episode and full recovery from the symptoms can be expected within a period of two years. Strict causative factors are unknown but there do seem to be precipitating factors. The major instigators seem to relate to extreme physical and mental duress placed upon the individual. Often times this is an unexpected and traumatizing event.

     As medically described the effluviums are a hair loss condition where a large percentage of the hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen (resting) phase and the hair proceeds to fall out at a rapid pace. As a comparative example typically 90% of the hair follicles are found in the growth (catagen) stage. The condition does not affect the health of the individual but can have a psychological impact. Following androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) this is the second most common form of hair loss. It is important to remember that all individuals experience normal hair shedding of at least 100-300 hair a day. In the case of the effluviums the process though is much quicker sometimes occurring over a few weeks or days. There are also chronic forms of this disorder mainly seen in women over thirty and short duration types that may go unnoticed.

Potential Telogen Effluvium Causes

Chemotherapy and Radiation - Various cancer treatments can place particularly harsh demands on the body.

Diet and Exercise - Extreme dieting, anorexia, and bulimia can trigger this condition. Excessive demands placed upon the body from long term training or use of various steroids in the case of bodybuilding.

Pregnancy - Childbirth often places unique strains upon the motherís physique and metabolism triggering this condition. The source of the problem can also be traced to various birth control pills.

Drug Addictions - Overuse of various legal and illegal drugs.

Various Medications - Typically the most common are antidepressants. A change in the prescription usually alters this. This category can include certain blood thinners, various antibiotics, cholesterol lowing drugs, ulcer pills, anti-inflammatory medications, various heart drugs, and overuse of vitamin A.

Infectious Diseases - Includes various viral and bacterial infections.

Thyroid Conditions - Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.

Accidents and Serous Injury - Can relate to car wrecks and serous falls.

Emotional Distress - Depression and anxiety disorders.

Poisons - Can include various toxic agents such as arsenic.

Cure of the Various Effluviums

     Cures usually consist of alleviating the underlying symptoms. As an in the case of depression and anxiety the use of various anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs may speed recovery. In other cases such as pregnancy the symptoms may dissipate with childbirth or shortly thereafter. Plus with situations such as the use of cancer treatments the condition will likely decline upon completion of therapy.

     The downside of this is that there is no definitive answer as to the causes of Telogen Effluvium in most cases. In these cases minoxidil can be an appropriate agent for those experiencing excessive hair fallout on the scalp. Various topical steroids exhibit very limited success.

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