What is Telogen Effluvium?

Are you experiencing significant hair loss and can’t figure out why? You might have telogen effluvium, a temporary hair loss condition resulting from stress or trauma.

This condition is hallmarked by large quantities of hair loss of the scalp, particularly after a traumatic event. In most cases, hair growth resumes after 3-6 months, but chronic telogen effluvium results if this is not the case. Telogen effluvium female Mumbai occurs more frequently than males, but it can affect anyone at any time. 

Hair loss can be mentally distressing and negatively impact your quality of life. Fortunately, there are options to minimise this psychological impact and improve your symptoms. If you are suffering from this condition, you can seek telogen effluvium treatment Mumbai from the Malay Mehta Aesthetic Clinic. We offer services such as hair transplant, hair reconstruction, and hair growth enhancement for men and women. Book a consult online or call +91-7045291747 to start your treatment journey today.

Telogen effluvium (aka teleogen effluvium) is a condition defined by temporary hair loss usually due to stress or following a traumatic event. This type of hair loss is different from alopecia, as although large amounts of hair fall out, it usually grows back. Telgoen effluvium occurs more often in females than males, and occurs due to a disruption in the normal hair cycle.

The normal cycle of hair has three phases: anagen (growth), catagen (transition), and telogen (resting). In patients with telogen effluvium, the anagen phase is slowed, resulting in fewer hairs entering the catagen phase and the telogen phase. 30% of the hair follicles move to the telogen phase, leading to the characteristic hair loss of telogen effluvium.

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Symptoms of Telogen Effluvium

The primary symptom of telogen effluvium is an increase in hair loss, typically noticed while brushing or washing hair, or an increased quantity of hair in the drain or on your pillow. This is  diffuse hair loss rather than patchy, and results in severe hair thinning. Telogen effluvium is commonly secondary to a stressful or traumatic event, so the patient may also display symptoms of stress.

Causes of Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium can stem from many different causes that can affect anyone at any time. The most common is a stressful or traumatic event, but others include the following.


Excessive sun exposure can cause telogen effluvium.


Hormonal changes can affect the growth cycle of hair. In particular, during pregnancy, hormones keep hair in the growth phase for longer. After childbirth, subsequent hormonal changes lead to excessive hair shedding, called post-partum telogen effluvium. Further, hormonal changes due to stress is a common cause of telogen effluvium.

Medications or medical treatment

Some medications or recreational drugs can lead to hair loss. Similarly, surgical procedures and lengthy hospital stays can influence hair quantity.


Telogen effluvium can result from a poor diet. Healthy hair growth requires certain nutrients from food such as protein, iron, B-vitamins, and zinc. If you are not sourcing sufficient amounts of these from your diet this can result in poor quality and quantity of hair. Similarly, extreme weight loss or starvation is a common cause of this form of hair loss.

Sign of another condition

Sudden hair loss associated with telogen effluvium could be a sign of a different, underlying condition. Hair loss from telogen effluvium is temporary, and hair will usually grow back. If it doesn’t, it is more likely that there is something else going on, such as autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions, or alopecia areata.

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Clinical Features of Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium presents clinically with diffuse hair loss in the absence of scalp inflammation. Up to 50% of the hair on the scalp can be affected. A hair pull test will reveal an increased number of hairs that can be pulled out compared to normal. Most of the hairs pulled out will be telogen hair with an epithelial sac.

Treatment for Telogen Effluvium

Most cases of telogen effluvium will resolve on their own after a few months. There are some options available to improve symptoms and associated psychological stress, such as avoiding vigorous brushing, combing, and scalp massages, treat any abnormalities in iron deficiency, B12, or folate levels, test and treat thyroid function, and ensure you eat a nutritious and balanced diet.   

How is Telogen Effluvium diagnosed?

Diagnosis of telogen effluvium is usually determined by its clinical features. Hair loss is diffuse, without the patchy appearance of alopecia areata or other conditions.

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Telogen effluvium is characterised by
hair thinning and excessive hair shedding.

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Outcome for Telogen Effluvium

Once the trigger for telogen effluvium has been addressed and resolved, hair usually beings to grow back on its own. Telogen effluvium regrowth occurs typically within 3-6 months of the trigger, and most people make a full recovery. In the cases where hair does not grow back to its pre-trigger thickness, this can be a case of chronic telogen effluvium, and Dr. Mehta can offer a number of treatment options to improve telogen effluvium regrowth Mumbai. 

How Much Does Folliculitis Treatment Cost in Mumbai?

Cost of treatment of telogen effluvium will vary depending on the type of treatment required. Intensive or prolonged treatment will be more costly than temporary treatment options. Chronic telogen effluvium hair loss Mumbai will require a more intense treatment plan. Treatment options are aimed at reducing hair loss and improving hair growth, quantity, and quality. To determine the cost of your personalised treatment, we recommend that you book an appointment to see us at the Malay Mehta Aesthetic Clinic today.

How can Dr Mehta help with Telogen Effluvium?

Dr Mehta offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in treating hair loss in Mumbai. He can offer prescription medication that targets the hair follicles to improve hair growth, and in extreme or chronic cases of this condition he can perform hair transplant surgery. Further, he can offer suggestions for supplements or hair care regimes to improve hair quality and quantity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Telogen effluvium is a multifactorial condition resulting in diffuse hair loss. Find answers to commonly asked questions below:

Hair loss due to telogen effluvium is triggered primarily by a stressful or traumatic event, however it can also be related to the environment, hormones, medications, diet, or be a sign of another condition. Hair loss is triggered by the disruption of the hair cycle, whereby the anagen phase is slowed, resulting in fewer hairs moving to the next stages. This leads to hair loss.

Hairs that have been lost to telogen effluvium are characterised by an epithelial sac around the base of the hair where it was embedded in the hair follicle. This is a characteristic sign of telogen effluvium.

Yes, telogen effluvium is reversible. In most cases, hair loss associated with this condition will reverse after about 3-6 months from onset. The majority of cases will make a full recovery.

Cutting your hair may help to improve hair loss, as there will be less weight to pull the hairs out of your scalp.

Hair loss due to stress will improve after the stressful event has been resolved. Hair growth will resume approximately 3-6 months after the stress has been relieved.

There is some evidence to suggest that biotin supplementation is beneficial for telogen effluvium-associated hair loss. This is in oral form rather than topical, such as eggs, fish, meats, seeds, and nuts. There is no evidence to suggest that topical application such as biotin-enriched shampoo is helpful for telogen effluvium-associated hair loss. 

Telogen effluvium will last on average up to six months. Longer than this is a case of chronic telogen effluvium, and may require more aggressive forms of treatment to improve.

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