Chronic Telogen Effluvium

Chronic telogen effluvium is an acute form of telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium was first discovered in 1961 by Dr. Albert M. Kligman as stated in It is chronic because persists for a longer period of time, even for decades. It is considered chronic if it lasts for more than six months.

Under normal conditions, during the anagen phase, from 80 to 90 percent of hair are growing in the follicles, and last from two to seven years.  

Then comes the telogen phase. This is the resting period for the 10 to 20 percent of the remaining hair follicles, and the duration is about three months.

After that, the scalp is supposed to produce a brand new litter of hair, but unfortunately that does not occur with chronic telogen effluvium. The new hair just doesn't appear.

You could suffer from chronic telogen effluvium for years, and have constant hair shedding, on account of your hair follicles being forced to get out of their growing stage to enter into their resting one.

Is the same as when you deposit money in your bank account. When you have to pay your bills, you just need to take some money out of the bank to pay your debts.

But what happens if you don't work, or you just need your money in a main project, say an important house repair? You can deposit, but you will not have enough money when the last day of paying the bills arrives.

With the telogen effluvium happens something like that. The hair on the head is always welcome, the same as having money in the bank. Who does not need it?

When the chronic telogen effluvium is on, due to the factors like a physical or emotional trauma in our system, the hair shrinks more and for a longer period of time.  

Then, instead of having more hair on the head, what we pile up are the hairs in the shower, or on the pillow. As when we do not work, instead of depositing money in the bank, what we have is a pile of debts.  

But what are the causes and symptoms of the chronic telogen effluvium? 

Causes of Chronic Telogen Effluvium

The main cause of chronic telogen effluvium is an iron deficiency. Iron is an important mineral to grow a healthy hair. If you have anemia or low levels of iron, then chronic telogen effluvium could go after you.

It affects more women than men, especially the ones between 18 through 50, because lose iron in their menstrual periods. If you are a woman and suffer from heavy periods, it is almost sure you have poor iron levels in your blood. Of course, that does not apply to menopausal women.

Other causes of chronic telogen effluvium are:

            ·    accident

            ·    death or sickness of a loved one

            ·    depression

            ·    low iron levels due to heavy menstrual periods

            ·    menopause due to hormonal changes

            ·    natural disasters, or human-made ones

            ·    physical or emotional shocks

            ·    stress

These are the causes of the ailment. I can't stress this enough. You should see your doctor to be sure. In the next segment we will see what type of test your doctor would do. But, let's see the symptoms first. 

Chronic Telogen Effluvium Symptoms

If you suspect you are suffering from chronic telogen effluvium, you should at least know the symptoms of the condition. That's a must to take action on time.The clock is ticking.

Here you will see a list of symptoms of the chronic telogen effluvium:

            ·    Diffuse hair loss all over the scalp, especially temples

            ·    Increased hair shedding

            ·    Low energy levels

            ·    Low hemoglobin or anemia

            ·    More hairs left in shower, brushes, clothes, and pillows

            ·    Pale appearance of the skin

            ·    Scalp pain, or tingling

            ·    Thinning hair across the whole scalp

So, now you know the symptoms that could lead to know if you have a degree of probability to suffer from chronic telogen effluvium. As I said before, it is very important to see your doctor, say your dermatologist, for instance.

You should make sure you know if what you really have is a telogen effluvium acute version called chronic telogen effluvium or CTE. If the normal iron blood test was done, that would only serve to check your hemoglobin levels in the blood, and help your doctor determine telogen effluvium.

But, if you want to know if you have CTE, then you should perform the serum ferritin test, to see what your stored iron levels are.

As I said before, see your doctor. That way he can perform the necessary blood tests to make sure either, if you have the disease or not. I hope not.

But in case the doctor says that you are positive for the condition, you can check the available treatments to reverse it. Is there any treatment available? What are the options? 

Treatment of Chronic Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a disorder that corrects for itself. The problem of the chronic is that it lasts much longer than regular. Although the hair cycle should normalize and hair usually grows back, you should control the cause of stress, if that is your case.

It's true there is no proven effective treatment for the condition. Despite that, there are palliative remedies. That means you can treat the symptoms, but not the causes.

For example, if your doctor finds out that you are missing some vitamins and minerals, such as protein or iron, you can balance your diet to meet those needs.

I'll list a number of things you can do right away:

            ·    Avoid styles that cause a lot of tension to the hair

            ·    Brush or comb your hair gently

            ·    Consume more protein, as in red meat, poultry, oysters, or turkey

            ·    Don't over-treat hair with chemicals and dyes

            ·    Eat also spinach, cashews, beans, lentils, and tofu to increase iron

            ·    Hear relaxing music to de-stress the soul. Relax amigo!

            ·    If hair loss begins after a new medication, ask your doctor

            ·    Keep a limited exposure to the sun

            ·    Let hair dry naturally. No towel

            ·    Menopause affected, could use hormone-replacement therapy, but since there are risks associated, consult your doctor before taking them

            ·    Use a hair growth stimulator like minoxidil, or better yet, a natural growth stimulator, to avoid side effects  

If you have chronic telogen effluvium, remember the symptoms take much longer to disappear than with the common disorder.

You have to have two qualities to get on the road to treat chronic telogen effluvium. These are patience and positivism. At first, you probably don't see any results, but if you have patience and a positive attitude you could reap the benefits of having a healthier hair and scalp in the long run.