In my last blog I discussed alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia and their treatment.  In this blog I will discuss telogen effluvium and traction alopecia as causes of hair loss and appropriate treatments.

Traction Alopecia:

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss seen more commonly in woman along the front hair line.  As the name suggests it is caused by constant pulling of the hair.  This occurs when the hair in regularly pulled tight by ponytails or braids.

Fortunately, traction alopecia is easily correctable and reversible.  By simply stopping the use of hair styles the put traction on the hair, the hair will grow back without any other therapy.

Telogen Effluvium:

Telogen effluvium is one of the most common causes of hair loss.  It’s etiology is unknown.  Telogen effluvium is hair loss that occurs after a stressful event.  It can be seen after physical or emotional stresses such as pregnancy, serious illness, or a traumatic emotional experience.

Telogen effluvium is a self limited condition, meaning it will resolve on its own without any intervention.  Once the stress is resolved the hair will regrow.  Topical therapy like 5% minoxidil safely can help speed the recovery.  For prolonged cases, platelet rich plasma injections are an excellent choice to help the hair regrow.

As with any cause of hair loss, it is best to have it evaluated by a board certified dermatologist(BCD).  A BCD is an expert in skin, hair and nail expert and can accurately diagnose and treat your hair loss.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your hair loss call and make an appointment to see Dr. Burt Steffes at Dermatology and Cosmetic Physicians, S.C.

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