Telogen Effluvium (excessive diffuse hair shedding) may be caused by a number of problems.
Acute (Quick onset) diffuse hair loss can be caused by a shock, be it psychological, physical or emotional (e.g.: Pregnancy, medication, a physical or emotional shock to the system, an illness or a fever).
Chronic (Ongoing) diffuse hair loss is caused by an underlying problem which is causing the hair cycle to be interrupted and shorten. This could be something as simple as a nutritional insufficiency, long term medication or even simply be age related. Many of the ‘triggers’ for chronic hair loss issues we deal with may have happened many years ago, are low level, innocuous and have gone under the ‘radar’ of most doctors for a long time.
Sufferers from both types notice a thinning of hair on the scalp, and little ‘broken’ hairs around the fringe and poking out around the parting, Chronic Telogen effluvium is a problem which usually carries on indefinitely until the problem is rectified.
This problem is largely female problem and is ‘self-limiting’ this type of hair loss does not cause total baldness but can make the hair feel and look extremely thin compared to what it did.