I have Diffuse Alopecia and my hair is growing slowly but it’s shorter in some areas. How can I get my hair to grow evenly and back to its natural state again. Can you help?
Alopecia is a form of hair loss. In a recent blog article I discussed the 7 Types of Alopecia but after receiving this question I did further research and learned that Diffuse Alopecia is also known as Telogen effluvium.
So what is Diffuse Alopecia?
Diffuse Alopecia also known as alopecia areata incognita, is a rare form of alopecia areata and affects primarily young females, and the hair loss on the head is radical and sudden. DA is also known as Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss can be caused by several triggers such as: physiologic or emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, surgery with general anesthesia, thyroid disease, lack of protein and some medications.
Depending on the length of time this increased shedding persists, it can be referred to as an acute or chronic Telogen effluvium. In an acute Telogen effluvium, the shedding can persist for up to six months. When the shedding lasts more than six months, or persistently cycles in and out of periods of increased shedding, it is called a chronic Telogen effluvium. A chronic Telogen effluvium can last for years. (Ken Washenik, MD, PhD – North American Hair Research Society) Retrieved from http://nahrs.org/PatientInformation(FAQs)/TelogenEffluvium(FAQ).aspx).
How is Diffuse Alopecia (Telogen effluvium) diagnosed?
To properly diagnose TE it is recommended to visit a physician who has experience in treating patients with hair disorders. “The physician may elect to perform a “hair pull test” or a biopsy of the scalp. Either or both should reveal an increase in the percentage of telogen hairs found. Telogen hairs can be identified by the small, barely perceptible hair bulb on the end of the hair. They are also referred to as club hairs.” (Ken Washenik, MD, PhD – North American Hair Research Society) Retrieved from http://nahrs.org/PatientInformation(FAQs)/TelogenEffluvium(FAQ).aspx).
How can Diffuse Alopecia (Telogen effluvium) be treated?
Based on the biopsy results your doctor may prescribe Topical minoxidil, a medication that is used for patients with Chronic Telogen effluvium. Ask questions about the growth process with this type of hair disorder. Depending on the severity of the condition, your hair may not return to it’s original length.
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