Telogen effluvium is believed to be the second most common form of hair loss according to the dermatologists. It remains a poorly defined condition as a very little research has been done to understand the disorder. Telogen effluvium occurs when a change is seen in the number of hair follicles growing hair. When there is a significant decrease in the number of hair follicles producing hair, there is an increase in dormant, telogen stage hair follicles. This leads to hair fall or telogen effluvium.
The stress and diet of an individual plays a significant role in the development of telogen effluvium. The deficit of a particular vitamin or mineral leads to the condition. However, dermatologists claim that when there is a reduction in red meat intake and lack of proper vegetarian diet, the imbalance causes telogen effluvium. Some dermatologists believe that when people eat less red meat, an important source of iron goes missing from the body hence, leading to telogen effluvium. Besides, telogen effluvium can also be a result of another disease. The stages of androgenetic alopecia can be telogen effluvium.
The prognosis for telogen effluvium is good. A course of six to nine months helps an individual to grow back their hair. However, in some cases the condition lasts longer and in some the hair may never grow back.
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