Hair Loss, Hair Shedding, Hair Thinning: Why and What To Do? Do you have Telogen Effluvium?

How stressed are you? With Covid 19 levels rising across the country, especially here in Texas, that can mean hair loss or hair shedding.


Significant emotional stress may be linked to hair loss called telogen effluvium.

Here is what you need to know about this common type of stress-induced hair loss.

First of all, relax. It is normal to shed between 60 to 100 hairs a day.

But if you feel like you’re shedding more lately, there may be something else behind your hair loss. Hair loss associated with telogen effluvium is abrupt, diffuse, and temporary. Excessive hair shedding can also be a sign of telogen effluvium.

Work, a bad breakup, Covid 19 Stress? Have you been sick or had any recent surgeries?

All of these situations create stress on the body, leading to a condition known as “shock hair loss,” or telogen effluvium.

The good news: this type of hair loss resolves on its own. The bad news it can take weeks to several months to improve. It is critical to address the source of stress.

Try a meditation app, taking an online workout class, or a call with friends and family, finding ways to relax will help.


Can you prevent Telogen Effluvium?

Unfortunately, there is no proven way to prevent or stop telogen effluvium, it should resolve on its own with time.

However, there are a few things that may help to support overall hair health.

Eat a balanced diet, and in particular, consume an adequate amount of protein.

Hair is made up of primarily protein (keratin), so sufficient protein is vital to maintain and grow hair.

Stay away from crash diets.

Also, be sure to avoid very tight hairstyles, excessive heat styling, or chemical-based treatments, as these can contribute to hair loss or cause hair breakage.


If your hair loss is chronic and does not get better see your Board Certified Dermatologist for treatment.

Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand MD,FAAD

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Disclaimer: This site only provides information about dermatology and this information is not meant to be taken as medical advice. For more information about dermatology, contact Dr. Houshmand

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