I get a lot of questions from people who want to know if their hair loss is the result of seasonal changes or if they have TE (telogen effluvium) or some other hair disorder that can occur at any time of the year. I will try to address these concerns to help you tell the difference in the following article.

It is normal to shed more during the fall and spring seasons: All mammals shed a little more hair during the fall and spring. Usually, hair loss or fall hair loss is the more noticeable of the two. Some people feel that this is some kind of natural process in which mammals replace their summer coats with winter ones.

In any case, research indicates that although most people lose more hair during these periods, what they do lose is generally still within normal levels and does not result in the amount of hair lost during ET. . For example, fall and summer sheds can come close to the 100 hair loss per day defined by TE, but not much better than this. Not the kind of leak that clogs your shower drain or overloads your vacuum. You probably just notice a few more hairs on your clothes and don’t give it much thought.

And, in the summer and winter, most people will be closer to a loss of 50 worn-out hairs per day. Again, what is normal will vary from person to person. Some people are what are called “heavy shedding” but these people are also usually heavy and fast growing, meaning they easily and quickly replace what is lost so they don’t have volume loss and this process is not noticeable on absolute.

How do I know if my hair loss is seasonal or if I have a bigger problem?: This is the question that most people want to know. The answer lies in how much you’re really losing, how your growth is, and if you’re noticing any patterns. In general, if you are losing tons of hair (over 100 per day) over an extended period of time, TE or loss due to scalp problems is the most likely scenario. Again, you could fall into the “heavy death” category, but if you do, you probably already know it, as this type of loss would be normal for you and not cause for concern.

People with AGA (genetic thinning or androgen-related wasting) can also have fairly aggressive and rapid thinning, but sometimes it occurs in a pattern (at the top, temples, bangs, or crown) and may have difficulties with their new growth. The hairs may take time to grow, they may grow sparse, or they may be miniaturized and fine like a baby’s. This is because DHT and androgens are affecting its ability to regrow the healthy hair that is needed to provide satisfactory coverage.

Generally speaking, seasonal loss comes and goes fairly quickly. You may notice more worn hair, but it usually doesn’t reach a level that causes concern, and it usually doesn’t change the look or volume of what’s on your head. If you’re seeing this, you should take a look at the other possibilities just to be sure.

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