Anagen Effluvium – Trichology Consultation
Anagen effluvium (or Cancer Treatment Hair Loss) is a diffuse hair loss similar to telogen effluvium, which develops much quicker and that can cause a complete hair loss. It corresponds to the shedding of hair that arises during the anagen phase (growth stage) of the hair cycle. It is mostly seen in people taking drugs. In the case of a chemorethapy, the hair loss occurs as a result of chemicals or radiation,
Anagen Effluvium can present abrupt shredding of much or all the hair on the scalp. It can affect other areas of such as eyebrows, eyelashes and hair body. Hair loss is usually sudden and in some cases occurs 1 to 3 weeks after being exposed to chemicals or radiations. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation treatments are the most common causes of anagen effluvium.
The main causes of anagen effluvium are infections, drugs, toxins, radiation and autoimmune diseases. Anagen effluvium is considered synomymous with chemotherapy related hair loss and other causes rarely considered. Exposure to toxic chemicals such as Thallium and Arsenic may also produce a sudden loss of hair.
Anagen Effluvium Diagnosis
To diagnose hairloss in general, the best option is to visit the Wimpole Clinic and get a physical examination in order to look at the underlying skin and patterns. Because there can be so many factors that can be involved in hair loss, we act as detectives to understand the real causes. Knowing if the hair fell suddenly or gradually can help our search.
Other information such as allergies or specific diets are clues we can use to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, the evidence lies in your scalp and may require doing a scalp biopsy, which can be essential to solving the case. Sometimes, a blood test is also necessary. Contact us for a consultation and we will help you find out what hair loss condition you have.
Anagen Effluvium Treatments
As hair loss can have an emotional impact, seeking a treatment can help you psychologically and physiologically. If the hair loss is due to an infection, or another condition, treating the underlying problem may help prevent further hair loss. For general male pattern baldness there are two medicines that can be used to treat hair loss: p and minoxidil
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