Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss, where a person experiences frequent periods of hair loss for more than 6 months. The causes include stress, poor diet, sudden weight loss, menopause, autoimmune condition, and metal toxicity.

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I was facing a hair fall due to telogen. How long will it take for the hair fall to stop?

Query: Hello doctor, One and half years back, I faced hair fall, maybe after medication for dengue. Then the doctor suggested Hair fact fluence for two months, which worked. After that, my hair stopped falling, and it was normal. However, after five to six months, the hair started falling again, so I visit...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. For dandruff, mix Betamethasone lotion with liquid paraffin in equal amounts, apply over the scalp two to three times a week, and wash in the morning. For hair loss, you have been given right treatment and it alway...  Read Full »

My hair is falling out in clumps due to severe stress. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37 year old female. I have been experiencing hair fall in clumps since the last two weeks, so much so that, I have lost half of my hair. The last one month, I have been under stress because of my father's death. I have consulted a dermatologist and have got some tests done as su...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For urticaria, you should take only antihistamine. Steroids are advised if there is no relief with an antihistamine for even eight weeks. Secondly, a major cause for Telogen effluvium hair loss can be low hemoglobin levels. You are on the right medicati...  Read Full »

Is it safe to completely shave the head when there is severe hair fall?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I suffered from typhoid. I stopped taking medications one month back. But, after my recovery, I am facing heavy hair fall with burning on the top of the head. If I run my hand through my scalp, every time, there are at least 10 to 20 hair strands in my palm. They do not conta...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. From your description, it seems you are having telogen effluvium. You can use tablet Xtraglo (Vitamins, Minerals and Amino acids) once daily for six months after consulting your GP. For more information consult a dermatologist online...  Read Full »

How to stop dandruff and hair fall?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. Since two years, I am getting tiny white balls coming out from my head in comb with dandruff flakes and a lot of hair fall. I took homeopathy medicine and after some time, it came again.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am not very sure what you are referring to by saying white balls. It can be a small piece of dandruff scale forming a ball. To be more precise, I would like to see the picture. For any query, please make it a point to add the clinical picture, which would make dia...  Read Full »

The pandemic has worsened my thinning of hair, brittle hair, and changes in my hair's color and texture. Is it telogen effluvium?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old male, and I first noticed my hair going through rapid changes in the past five years. The color and texture of my hair changed rapidly from dark brown to golden blonde (mainly on the front part of the scalp). As a result, my hair turned brittle and dry and began to thin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hair thinning and lightening can be multifactorial. One of the factors, as you rightly mentioned, is stress. Apart from that, there are multiple factors, including dietary changes, hormonal imbalances, underlying medication conditions, vitamin deficiencies, climate c...  Read Full »

How to cure my sudden and extreme hair loss following a stressful situation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing sudden extreme hair loss from all over my head. I lose around 30 hair when I run hands through my hair. I am 19 and had unnecessary stress that stopped a few months ago (lasted about a year). My hair loss started very suddenly. I believe I can now see some tiny hairs app...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Post-stress hair loss is very common. Telogen effluvium is a condition that appears following stress, any trauma, accidents, or after surgeries. It happens all over the scalp, and one would experience diffuse thinning of hair which is easy to pluck and breaks eas...  Read Full »

I have thinning of hair and tingling sensation on my scalp. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed substantial hair loss recently, and I am concerned if it is balding or telogen effluvium. When I run my hands through the hair, it feels so dry, and hair is coming out. There is thinning out of hair, and I have a tingling sensation on the scalp. I took tablet Saxenda 3 mg f...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. After assessing your symptoms, I suggest it is telogen effluvium with dermatitis (inflammation) of the scalp and back of the neck. In acute telogen effluvium, follicles go in the resting phase, and the abrupt onset ...  Read Full »

Can oral contraceptives cause hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having severe hair fall, an itchy scalp, and dandruff. I used to take oral contraceptives due to PCOS. I got telogen effluvium four years ago, and I have been prescribed Minoxidil for my hair loss. But once I stop Minoxidil, my hair fall comes back. Now, even if I take Minoxidil, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kamran Ashraf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the hair loss is due to taking medication for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), you should change the medicine. I suggest you take homeopathic medicines for your pathology, which will clear your problem without affecting your hair. I suggest you take Apis melli...  Read Full »

Why is my hair falling out after COVID-19?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 57-year-old woman and recently started to have a lot of hair fall. Usually, when I comb or wash my hair, a lot of hair fall happens. But lately, the amount of hair I am losing due to hair wash is worrying me. It seems like I am losing the hair from the root. I underwent surgery to...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It would have been better if you attached a few clinical pictures of your scalp. The most common causes of hair loss in females are pattern hair loss and telogen effluvium. Sudden diffuse hair loss primarily indicates telogen effluviu...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my sudden hair thinning?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male. For a couple of years, I have been experiencing thinning of my hair across my entire scalp. There is no pattern. My hair is very brittle, sheds quite a lot, and will come out at the slightest touch. This change in my hair started very abruptly but did not impr...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The causes can be hormonal imbalance, insufficient protein intake, iron deficiency, certain drugs, hairstyles, hair procedures, rough handling, coloring, tablet Effluvium (Silicon-choline, Iron, vitamin E, essential nutrients, Arginine, Chelated Copper, Zinc), and certa...  Read Full »

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