This Could Be the Root of Your Hair Loss

Have you been experiencing hair loss, rapid weight change, stress or recent illness? You could be dealing with what is called telogen effluvium, which is one of the most common forms of hair loss. It’s a distressing disorder, and it creates a cycle of stress for many of my Nashville patients at Skin Solutions Dermatology.

A simple way to diagnose telogen effluvium has been to pull hair lightly from the scalp. If the pulled hairs have white caps, there is a strong case for telogen effluvium.

You might be wondering - what happens to trigger the hair loss? It can be any of the following:

  • Emotional: stress, anxiety or depression

  • Physical: thyroid disease, weight loss or gain, starting/stopping medications, illness, surgery

In a study carried out to determine vitamin and mineral deficiencies in patients with telogen effluvium, it was found that patients with this hair loss condition may also have vitamin D, zinc and ferritin deficiencies. This is particularly interesting for dermatologists given that previously, we would easily diagnose telogen effluvium with the white caps on the hair root, so blood work was not usually drawn.

Since this study was published, my Nashville team of dermatology specialists and I have been doing blood work in order to seek out these very deficiencies. Now that we know that deficiencies may be at play, it’s helpful to offer more solutions to my Nashville patients than simply recommending that they control their stress levels, which is an almost impossible task for many.

So what does this mean for you and what’s the best course of action? While replacing these deficiencies may decrease the amount of time you grapple with hair loss, you also need to maintain general mental and physical health in order to promote optimal hair growth. In my dermatology practice, we also usually recommend Biotin for any of our patients in Nashville experiencing hair loss or other issues with their hair, as it is known to help the most with hair loss and nail growth problems.

If you think you might be struggling with this hair loss disorder, I would urge you to visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: Journal of Drugs and Dermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD

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