What is it?

Telogen Effluvium
Sudden stress hair loss appears as thinning throughout the whole scalp.

Telogen Effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of hair. Stress hair loss is sudden, a stressful event can cause the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into a resting phase. The hair will then stays in the resting phase for about 3 months after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. Often the person involved will have recovered from the event before the stress hair loss occurs. In most cases stress hair loss is temporary and the hair soon recovers. However in some cases stress hair loss continues until the underlying cause is fixed. Telogen Effluvium appears to affect more women than men because more of the precipitating event such as childbirth are experienced by women.

Temporary stress hair loss (Telogen Effluvium) can be caused by:
Child Birth
Pregnancy Termination’s
Starting or Stopping Birth Control Pills
Dieting Drug
Severe Emotional Stress



What can be done?

Fortunately, efforts which support your general health can help reduce stress hair loss (Telogen effluvium).

General Good Health Guidelines:
Telogen effluvium hair loss results from a one-time stressful event. Usually it does not need treatment. Just as is true after any illness, injury or surgery, your recovery can be promoted by a healthy lifestyle. This hair loss should resolve itself as you get well.
During recovery from any one-time stressor make sure you get adequate rest. Eat properly, getting adequate complex carbs and protein to rebuild your body’s resources. Enjoy relaxing activities such as listening to music or meditating and ask your doctor about an appropriate exercise program. Exercise is a stress reducer as well as a strength builder.
To recover from alopecia areata, incorporate all of the healthy living guidelines, (rest, nutrition, enjoyment and exercise) but also reduce your stress. You must reduce the source of the inflammation to improve your hair.


If you are suffering from alopecia areata, you will also benefit from good nutrition and stress reduction. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna and salmon, can help. Some nutritionists recommend taking a B vitamin complex supplement; we need B vitamins to help our bodies deal with stress.

Another supplement recommended for hair loss is zinc, although there is some controversy. Some people feel that too much zinc can lead to copper deficiency; and copper deficiency can lead to hair loss. Others believe that zinc helps stimulate hair growth. Most experts believe the best strategy is eating a healthy balanced diet so that you won’t need supplements.


Because telogen effluvium develops a while after its trigger, and causes generalised thinning of hair density rather than a bald patch, women with the condition can easily be diagnosed as overanxious or neurotic.

Fortunately, it often gets better with time. Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon related to the growth cycles of hair.


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