Can an iron deficiency contribute to chronic telogen effluvium?
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Iron deficiency can contribute to chronic telogen effluvium.
A number of factors can contribute
to chronic telogen effluvium, iron deficiency being one. It is best to have a
set of lab work done to rule out any other underlying factors as well as
consultation with a hair restoration specialist.
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An iron deficiency can have hair loss symptoms. I would have an evaluation with a Dr. to look into anemia and options. For hair loss, there are many options: progesterone and PRP injections along with hair transplants. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer
Telogen effluvium (TE) is a non-scarring condition where hairs are inappropriately shed. Often occurs after a stress as you mentioned, with recovery in about 2-3 months. Occasionally the shed is prolonged, and ongoing medical issues may lead to a chronic TE. I generally check the following labs for hair loss (in truth, a lab abnormality is rarely the sole cause of hair loss): complete blood count, thyroid function, iron studies including ferritin. I encourage my TE patients to follow a well-rounded diet, judicious amounts of exercise and mindful stress reduction. Best of luck!
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