What treatments help telogen effluvium?

I suffered through two bouts of telogen effluvium when I was in my late 20s and it was the most depressing experience. It was almost unbelievable and no one would believe me. I am now in my late 40s and have started noticing signs of hair loss that doesn't seem like normal hair loss and I don't want to go through that ever again. What can be done to prevent that and if the worst case scenario happened and I did have telogen effluvium again, what treatments could help me to stop it from getting out of hand? It was truly traumatic and I never want to go through it again.


F, 49, Utah

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Hi Diamondhull,

It is possible that you are suffering from telogen effluvium again.  The good news is telogen effluvium doesn’t permanently damage hair follicles and is totally reversible. The bad news is that there’s still no definitive telogen effluvium treatment.  You need to try and figure out what is at the root of your potential telogen effluvium problem - maybe stress, diet, hormonal change, or even a medication that you could be taking.

If you still can’t figure out what’s at the root of your telogen effluvium diagnosis, there are two other things you can try. The first is to simply wait it out. In many cases, the aggravating factor will disappear with time. This is especially true if your condition is the result of a sudden stressful event or hormonal changes. The second option is a hair growth medication like Minoxidil. Talk to your doctor about which treatment is best suited for you.

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