Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a form of diffuse hair loss. Both men and women have fewer hairs as they grow older.

Excessive generalised hair loss from the scalp and sometimes other hairy areas of the body (e.g. eyebrows, pubic area, chest) may be a symptom of disease such as:

Extreme mental or physical stress may also be responsible. Blood and other tests may be done to exclude specific causes but are often normal.

If a cause can be found this should be treated. When the cause is medication, the hair usually grows back when it is ceased.

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(Last modified: 20th Oct 2014)

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