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Hair falling out at an alarming speed is the principal characteristic of the condition. Because shedding happens fairly evenly across the scalp as opposed to in localized areas, it’s also commonly called diffuse hair loss.

Chronic Telogen Effluvium

Chronic telogen effluvium can be complicated and hard to overcome. Most women experience at least one bout of excessive shedding at any stage in her life. Fortunately for many, it’s quick to fix often ending prior to any obvious drop in volume occurs. This is referred to as acute (or classic) telogen effluvium.

as soon as the condition endures past six months it is deemed chronic, causing noticeable thinning and a whole lot of distress to those that are affected. The disease can fluctuate over many years with continual, intermittent or episodic shedding. In acute cases undesirable texture changes may occur because of high proportion of resting hairs which are no longer getting any nutrients.

Internal imbalance

While the acute version of the disease is temporary and self-correcting, chronic telogen effluvium is an indication that the body is undergoing an inner imbalance. The underlying issue has to be addressed and corrected before growth can resume.

While it might not look like a positive component, this condition may be an early warning sign of an inner imbalance which could worsen if left untreated, prompting you to restore physical or psychological balance before the condition worsens.


Pinpointing the cause may be a tricky task. Often there’s more than one contributing factor as the condition of one’s hair is a reflection of one’s whole health and well-being. Each symptom-evenly apparently unrelated symptoms must be considered.

Possible triggers include prolonged nutritional deficiencies brought on by low intake or mal-absorption, hormonal disorders, thyroid problems, systemic low-level inflammation, systemic disease like Candidiasis albicans, prolonged unresolved anxiety, digestive conditions such as gluten intolerance, autoimmune disorders, exposure to toxins or allergens, metabolic disease, etc.

Great news

The positive side of the disorder is that it doesn’t cause total baldness. Regrowth does happen, but as the condition progresses scalp hair can get quite sparse. Due to the long length of increased shedding, the rate of replacement might not keep up with the rate of reduction. New growth can fall out while the status is active. Any follicle could be affected, whether the hair has been growing for a couple of months or a couple of years. Because of this, many dropped strands of different lengths are often detected.

Upon assessing the strands, some women express concern on a tiny white bulb at the end of each strand. The white bulb just signals that the hair went to the resting (telogen) stage before falling out. This is a natural process in the development cycle and isn’t cause for further concern.

The best defense for chronic telogen effluvium is getting to the root of the issue and to increase overall health and well-being in every area of life. Any improvements that add to overall health are a step in the right direction. Building better health with little improvements like reducing anxiety, exercising, maintaining proper weight, healthful diet, very good attitude, happiness and relaxation helps to reestablish equilibrium and create a healthy environment to boost the capacity for healthy hair growth.