Categorized as a temporary type of hair loss, telogen effluvium (also known as shedding) occurs when the body experiences a major stress or trauma like childbirth, malnutrition or surgery. The trauma sends the hair from the growing phase to the resting phase and then into the shedding phase, which can occur in diffuse clumps.
Once the stress has lessened, the hair loss typically goes away on its own, and the hair resumes its normal growing and shedding process.
While you can use hair-loss products to try boosting hair growth, telogen effluvium is not a reason to run to the doctor. However, if your condition still persists for six months or more, after your stress has passed, then you may want to consult a dermatologist.
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