Telogen Effluvium – Stress and Hair Loss

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 29, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH

Extreme stress or shock such as loss of a loved one or divorce, or physical stress including illness, surgery, high fever, childbirth, certain medications, eating disorders, or diets, can cause a sudden, noticeable increase in hair loss.

This type of hair loss is called “telogen effluvium” (TE).

TE is thought to be due to significant hormonal changes which cause the hair follicles to prematurely enter their ‘resting stage’ (telogen phase) and subsequently be shed.

With TE, hair loss is diffuse (over the entire scalp) and usually occurs anywhere from 1 to 4 months after the stressful event (but can take longer).

The good news is that hair will typically regrow once the stressful situation or condition has resolved. Though recovery can take a few months, treatment other than general supportive measures such as a healthy diet and key supplements, is usually not necessary,.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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