Question: I had six CT scans within six weeks, now my hair is coming out, I use to have thick hair now now each time I comb my hair it comes out, is there anyway to stop this? Is it permanent?
Answer: Hi, Charlotte. CT scans can often lead to hair loss but it is generally only temporary shedding, which occurs diffusely from all over the scalp.
Whilst this condition – known as Telogen Effluvium – tends to only present around three months after being triggered, the hair fall can begin sooner or later than this average timeline.
It is worth knowing that it also be caused by an underlying illness or health concern, so it may be the case that the CT scans have simply exacerbated hair thinning that had already been sparked. Telogen Effluvium usually lasts no more than six months and clears up naturally, with normal hair growth resuming of its own accord. Sometimes it may be slightly worse, lasting more than six months, in which case it is reclassified as Chronic Telogen Effluvium, but it is still only temporary.
Whilst there are treatments for Telogen Effluvium available, given your on-going medical investigations and potential health issues, whilst you would be very welcome to come in for a consultation with our hair specialists, there is a chance that you would be deemed unsuitable for treatment at this time. However, at least receiving a confirmed, professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition may prove something of a relief.
If you are still experiencing unusual levels of hairloss after this time, it is worth checking with a specialist in case you have concurrent Female Pattern Hair Loss. This is a permanent, hereditary condition which causes thinning hair to the top of the scalp and temporal regions only.
There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to help manage this shedding and promote regrowth, with further non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products also forming an important part of Belgravia courses. Though – as before – given your situation, you would need to be deemed suitable by your GP and or specialist healthcare team before a personalised hair regimen could be tailored for you, and medications could be dispensed.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.