Am I balding or suffering from Telogen Effluvium? (photos)

I'm pretty nervous about my hair right now as it is very thin to the point you can easily see my scalp. I don't believe my hairline has receeded but my hair is overall very thin. I started to notice my hair thinning around April and it got pretty bad by late May and June. I'm usually stressed out and nutrient deficiency is largely a factor for my personal health. Do I know if I have Telogen Effluvium or am I simply balding? For either case would you reccomend I use minoxidil. Thank you!

Doctor Answers 4

You need an examination for a better understanding of why you are losing hair. The Internet will only give you generalizations.

You need an examination for a better understanding of why you are losing hair. The Internet will only give you generalizations. 


Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Probable cause for your hair loss

It appears to be androgenic alopecia. Just to make sure that is the case you need to get a one on one consultation in order to determine the cause of your hair loss.If the problem is androgenic alopecia you can slow down your hair loss rate by taking  5% Minoxidil, laser therapy, Propecia or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).Best of lucks!

William Yates, MD
Buffalo Grove Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Telogen effluvium or genetic hair loss

To make this diagnosis, you need to see a doctor who will perform a series of tests on you including a pull test, miniaturization analysis and possibly a HAIR CHECK. Then you will know the answer. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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What is my diagnosis?

There is really only one way to figure out if this is a telogen effluvium- and that is with a careful review of your health and history of hair loss PLUS and up close examination AND a review of your blood tests.There is simply no other way around it. You certainly have male patterned androgenetic alopecia as one of your diagnoses. Thr key question is whether a second (or third) condition is also present.

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