April 14, 2015
It isn't a fun visit when I have a hysterical or depressed patient in my examining room who is losing his or her hair. It causes extreme stress and anxiety for both men and women when they realize their hair is either falling out or they've begun to see bald patches.
Most people within their lifetime will experience a telogen effluvium, which is an acute onset, but temporary, thinning hair Rochester NY and shedding of the hair. Telogen effluvium hairs are identified as having a white bulb on the end of the hair removed from the scalp.
Telogen effluvium often follows a sickness or hospitalization, surgical procedure, or emotional or physical stressor, or thedelivery of a baby. People who lose a significant amount of weight in a short time frame can also experience an abnormal shedding of hair. Telogen effluvium can also occur when a patient has an underlying medical condition that is unresolved such as chromes disease or any other nutritional compromising illness.
When hair follicles sense stress, they will shed atypical amounts. Hairs that shed at an abnormally high-rate often are in a resting phase, known as a telogen state, and will naturally fall out to make way for new hair growth. During an effluvium, it is common to lose between 500 to 600 hairs per day. It is normal for people not suffering from telogen effluvium to shed on average 100 to 150 hairs per day.
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