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Hair Loss/ Telogen effluvium

What is it?

Telogen effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after a stressful, a shocking, or a traumatic event. It usually appears on the top of the scalp.

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The factors that can contribute to telogen effluvium are:

  • Hormonal changes (particularly post-pregnancy or around menopause),
  • Periods of high stress and anxiety,
  • Poor diet,
  • Excessive heat styling and overstyling,
  • Illness, medication, and smoking.

The treatment usually requires the patient to have the right nutrition, including a balance of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are needed to support a healthy hair growth. Complete hair growth supplements with a blend of biotin, vitamin C, zinc, iron, marine extracts, and other nutrients have also shown to be effective.


Some of the major causes of Telogen Effluvium are:

  • Severe stress
  • Poor diet
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Certain drugs
  • Underlying health conditions like autoimmune disease, conditions that affect the thyroid gland, and alopecia areata.


The doctors usually opt for the following treatment procedures to treat this condition:

  • Addressing nutritional deficiencies through diet:
    • Protein provides the building blocks for hair to grow and the doctor will recommend a diet that includes plenty of protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, fish, beans, grains, and nuts.
    • Iron deficiency is also linked to telogen effluvium. The inclusion of iron-rich foods, including red meat, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, and lentils, in the diet, might help in reducing hair loss.
  • Non-Surgical Hair Replacement
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy for people experiencing menopause
  • Counseling support to manage stress or anxiety


Authored By: Dr. Priya J Talageri

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