I Think I Have Telogen Effluvium – I've Started Shedding Short Hairs – Why?


I often hear from people who can not help but examine the hairs that they are shedding when they believe that they have telogen effluvium (which is commonly referred to as TE.) Not many people count the hairs, but many look very closely at the length and also at the ends to see if they have any bulbs or markings. They often have questions about what they are saying. I heard from someone who said: "I've been noticing that pretty, most of the hairs that I am shedding are very short.Much have blunt ends. t be maintained? " I will try to answer these questions in the following article.

Shedding Short Hairs Can Mean That You're Still Cycling Through Different Hair Cycles Of Growth And Regrowth: Many people assume that once their TE is ending or is over, they will just pick up with normal hair cycles and are able to resume their formerly healthy hair schedule. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some people go through a few cycles until their hair growth cycles resume to "normal." What this means is that your hair is still shedding while you are also regrowing. Your body or scalp does not distinguish between long or shot hair. It just continues to shed. And if you've gone through TE, you will often have a good deal of short hair growing in.

This does not necessarily mean that your regrowth will never take hold. Sometimes, it just takes a few more cycles. Or, the trigger that started the shedding in the first place needs to be eliminated. Ask yourself where you are in the shedding. Has it been only a few weeks? A few months? Shedding short hairs is more common in chronic telogen effluvium (shedding that lasts for six months or longer) because it takes a few months before you start to see regrowth and a few more for it to obtain some length. So by the time you see short hairs falling out, more than a few months from the beginning of this process has likely passed. If it's been more than several months, then it might be time to see if something else is at play.

The Possibility Of Continuing Triggers Or Androgenetic Alopecia: Sometimes, the shedding just continues to go on and you've seen several cycles of short hairs continuing to fall out. At that point, if you're still confident that you're looking at telogen effluvium, you may want to look at the possibility of continuing or multiple triggers. Sometimes, what caused the original shedding is over but something else has triggered a new one. Or, other times there is a continuing trigger like a medical issue or a medication that does not agree with you.

The last thing to consider is that you might be looking at androgen driven loss. It is possible for the loss to start off as telogen effluvium and then turn into something else like androgentic alopecia (which is often referred to AGA.) It's not unheard of for androgenetic alopecia to be thought to be telogen effluvium initially. And, shedding short hairs with AGA is common because people with this condition have a hard time supporting healthy regrowth. It can help to look at the quality of the shed hairs. Are they miniaturized? (This means do they look thin and whiskey, like peach fuzz.)

The good news is that either of these cases can be addressed by supporting healthy regrowth, minimizing inflammation, and addressing any androgens. But to answer the question posed, it can be normal to shed short hairs with telogen effluvium. But if the hairs are miniaturized or if this process goes on for too long, you might want to see if there is something else at play that can be addressed.

Source by Ava Alderman

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