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Understanding the difference: Hair Loss vs Hair Shedding - What you need to know.




Are you confused about the difference between hair loss and hair shedding? You're not alone. Understanding the distinction between the two can help you better navigate your hair concerns and find the right treatment options.


Let's start with hair loss, specifically genetic hair loss. Also known as male and female pattern hair loss, this condition occurs when hair follicles gradually shrink over time, leading to thinner, finer hair. In some cases, hair may even stop growing altogether. The key characteristic of genetic hair loss is its progressive nature – without intervention, hair loss will continue to worsen over time.


But what about hair shedding? Telogen effluvium, as it's known in the medical world, is a condition characterized by excessive hair shedding. Unlike genetic hair loss, which affects the hair follicle itself, telogen effluvium disrupts the hair growth cycle, causing more hairs than usual to enter the shedding phase. This can result in noticeable thinning and increased shedding, often triggered by factors such as stress, illness, or hormonal changes.


So, how do we treat these different types of hair loss? For genetic hair loss, the goal is to slow down the progression of hair loss and preserve existing hair. This may involve a combination of supplements, topicals, and treatments like TED (Trichology Encapsulated Device) to support healthy hair growth and minimize further thinning.


On the other hand, treating telogen effluvium requires addressing the underlying cause of the shedding. By identifying and addressing triggers such as stress, illness, or nutritional deficiencies, we can help restore the hair growth cycle to its normal state and reduce excessive shedding. Additionally, supplements and topical treatments may be recommended to support hair health and encourage regrowth.


In conclusion, while hair loss and hair shedding may seem similar, they are distinct conditions with different underlying mechanisms and treatment approaches. By understanding the differences between the two, you can take proactive steps to address your hair concerns and achieve healthier, fuller hair.

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