Chronic telogen effluvium (CTE) is a disorder of the hair growth cycle that causes hair loss for a minimum period of 6 months. The hair falls out in a diffuse and generalised manner and without a clear trigger.
This type of effluvium causes a generalised reduction in hair density, mostly in the bitemporal areas (above the ears).
It usually affects women between 30 and 60 years of age under states of high anxiety and depression.
It is a chronic process that can last from 6 months to as long as 6-7 years.
The reasons behind this disorder are multiple. It may be due to:
In many cases the origin of CTE cannot be clearly identified.
The diagnosis of CTE must be made by a digital trichoscopy by a trichologist as it is necessary to detect the reason why the patient is losing hair.
CTE can be treated by basic therapeutic measures or hair treatments similar to those used in other types of alopecia such as:
When taking medication for alopecia, the frequency of intake and doses must be prescribed by a professional.
The aim is to give the follicle root the necessary components to produce new hair.
In addition, the hair should be washed frequently about 3-4 times a week.