Patient Comments: Hair Loss - Telogen Effluvium

Question:

Describe your experience with telogen effluvium, including the suspected cause for your "sudden" hair loss. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Marie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

My epidural steroid injection was horrible. I was not numb, that was my 1st shot and the pain! The doctor told me before that it would not hurt, but she let an intern do it and they kept saying I am doing good, it's just pressure, and I said no, it hurts badly. I was beating my hands on the table and crying. The nurses were really upset, they said it shouldn't have gone that way.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had a very full-head of hair until I used a permanent hair color by L'Oreal called Sublime Mousse. I was very sick and my hair was falling out right and left. I lost half of my hair. I didn't take the allergy test but then again who does! Many women have told me they never take the allergy test but if you are sensitive in any manner I suggest the allergy testing for sure. The dermatologist looked through my hair and said you have male pattern baldness and telogen effluvium. I said no sir, I am having an allergic reaction to this hair color I'm holding in my hands. That's when all this started. Male pattern baldness is over a period of years not three months. I have pictures the same month where I have a head full of lush hair.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I put the hair dye on my scalp July 17, 2013. Hair has been falling out to date which is now January 6, 2014. I bought Biosil which has helped immediately and continues to help less shed. Also my allergy doctor did diagnose it as allergic contact dermatitis and prescribed me a 4oz bottle of clobetasol shampoo 0.05% for the cost of $474.00 (yes, you read that right!) and a topical solution 4oz bottle for approximately $236.00 plus an $80.00 bottle of anti-histamines. It was months of agony and being terrified; lesson learned.

QUESTION

It is normal to lose 100-150 hairs per day. See Answer

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