My Telogen Effluvium Just Won’t Stop – Tips and Advice That May Help

I often receive emails from people who tell me that their hair has been shedding or falling out for entirely too long. They’ve often read that telogen effluvium (TE) should resolve itself within a few months. But for whatever reason, this just isn’t happening for them. Sometimes, they’ve even been to a dermatologist or another doctor and have been told that no cause can be found and that they should try not to worry about this and just have patience that it will soon end.

This can be very frustrating when you are dealing with shedding hair day in and day out and watching your hair become noticeably thinner overtime. This can affect both your outlook and your confidence. People often ask me how they can best cope with and turn this situation around. I will offer some advice and tips to help with this in the following article.

Try To Do The Things That Are Going To Take Your Focus Off Of Your Shedding Hair: I know that when hair is falling all over you on a daily basis, it can be hard to ignore. But focusing on it constantly day in and day out is going to wear you down and could potentially make the situation worse, as stress can sometimes intensify the situation. Try your best to be kind to yourself and to incorporate the things that support you throughout your day.

Whatever you do, don’t count your lost hairs every day. This is only going to bring your attention to the situation and this is doing nothing positive or concrete to move you forward. You can generally eyeball whatever comes out in the shower or your brush to see if the levels are going down, up, or staying pretty much the same. I found that it helps to have a rumba or quick cordless vac with which you can quickly vacuum up the hair so that you don’t need to look at it with a sinking heart all the time. You might also want to also wear darker clothes so you don’t feel self conscious about the spent hair showing up on your clothing.

If You Know That Something Is Wrong, Don’t Feel Discouraged To Follow Up: It’s very common for people to tell you that you’re making something out of nothing and are worrying too much. And, it’s true that sometimes TE recovery takes longer than we think that it should. But if your gut keeps telling you that something is wrong or if you’re seeing other troublesome symptoms in your scalp, hair, or body, then don’t let anyone tell you that this is all in your head or is psychological.

I’m not saying that you should hyper focus on this because I believe that that’s the wrong call also. But there’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion, educating yourself, and continuing to try different things as long as you don’t become negatively obsessed with these things. Usually, professionals will take a wait and see approach. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as you continue to educate yourself and to push on if the wait and see approach does not work. Don’t let anyone insinuate that this is all in your head when you know that it isn’t.

Look At Other Possible Causes Besides Telogen Effluvium (TE): Most literature will tell you that TE should resolve itself without three months or so. If you’re not seeing this, then you might actually have CTE (chronic telogen effluvium) where the trigger is being repeated or is not being properly addressed. There might also be other hair or scalp issues like: AGA (androgenic alopecia;) AA (alopecia areata;) medical conditions; hormonal issues; dermatological issues; or an allergic reaction. There are many things that cause hair loss and shedding. TE is not the only possibility.

If you’re not getting any relief, it might be worth it to look at your symptoms and patterns to consider other possibilities. Sometimes too, TE can jump start inflammation and problems with the scalp and follicles’ ability to support a healthy hair cycle. Sometimes, your assumptions about what your condition is aren’t accurate. Sometimes they were accurate but the condition kicked off something else. And sometimes the treatments that you use to treat the initial TE will cause a brand new one.

I know that this can all seem frustrating, but it’s very important to be kind to yourself and to not give up. Sometimes the best thing that you can do is to educate yourself but to also have the patience and confidence that you will eventually get to the bottom of this and find a solution, so that stressing yourself out in the meantime is only doing more harm than good.

Source by Ava Alderman

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