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Dear Melanie

I'm a 35 years old woman who's been suffering from diffuse and cyclical telogen effluvium for nine years now. That is, since 2006 I've had nine TE, always from May or June to December. I don't get bald spots although my hair is very very sparse, since I don't have time to get a full recovery when a new massive hair loss starts. I'm talking about losing 200-400 hairs per day, depending on the day.
I'be had every test under the sun and my iron levels, ferritin (33,8 ng/ml), tyroid, hormones have always seemed to be OK. No doctor is able to tell me what's wrong with my hair and this condicion is really making me sad and desperate.

I'd appreciate if you could give me any advice.
Thanks a lot for you help.

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There are so many possible causes for telogen effluvium that it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause(s). Very often there may be more than one contributing factor. Some experts who study ferritin and hair loss, believe that a women with hair loss issues should aim for a ferritin level of 70. Even if low ferritin is not the sole cause of hair loss, a ferritin level of 70 will make it easier for the hair growth cycle to restore itself. When trying to determine the cause of TE it is important to consider every possible symptom--even seemingly unrelated symptoms. Some hidden causes of TE include candidiasis albicans, gluten intolerance, vitamin deficiency, food or environmental allergies, medications, unresolved stress, poor diet, metabolic disorder, etc.
Because your TE seems to be seasonal, try to determine if there are any changes that may occur each year during the months of December-February. Some people experience excessive shedding in the spring and early summer, due to vitamin D deficiency in the winter months due to lack of sun.
Essential oil scalp treatments can help to stimulate healthy new hair growth. Even though essential oils can be very helpful, it is still important to determine and treat the underlying issue.
Please let me know if i can help you further.
Sincerely, Melanie Vonzabuesnig

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Female hair loss is my main focus. Women today are very susceptible to several types of hair loss including telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and androgenetic alopecia. I can answer questions about the causes and types of female hair loss. I can share information about natural holistic remedies to improve female hair loss conditions.

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My interest in female hair loss sprung from my own experience with extensive hair loss. Determined to grow my hair back, I diligently studied every piece of information I could find on the biology of hair growth. After successfully re-growing my hair with safe and effective natural products, I felt compelled to learn more and to share this information with other women. I am experienced in blending custom hair loss formulas. I am also experienced in writing about female hair loss issues.

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My hair loss information has been included in The Truth about Womens Hair Loss by Spencer Kobren, Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tourles, Alternative Healing by Bill Gottleib and Natural Health Magazine. I am the author of several books on hair loss.

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I am a certified aromatherapist specializing in formulas for scalp and hair conditions.

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