Hello Ladies, Hoping you can help a bit here... I started noticing my eyebrows were thinning in the outer third about a year ago, got a thyroid test done which was absolutely fine, so stopped worrying about it. Then over the next few months my ponytail got much much thinner than before and I started to worry about my hair. I was taking anti-viral pills when needed and I found that alopecia was listed as a side effect so I spoke to my doctor and swapped to a different type of anti-viral that did not have this listed as a side effect, but the hair loss got worse and I am now at the stage where I can't wear my hair down as there are only straggly lengths to it. I saw two of the best dermatologists in London and had all the bloodwork done. All my bloodwork is perfect, my zinc is well above recommended levels, hormone, vitamin, liver, kidney, autoimmune, etc are all fine. I had a hair pluck test which showed a higher than normal telogen count but not excessive (15%). The first dermatologist said I have androgenetic alopecia, but my centre parting is fine and I am thinning all over my head. Also there is no family history? I think he based this on the lack of hair at the temples but I think as it was thinner here in the first place it is just more obvious although the hair has fallen out everywhere. The second dermatologist said it is more likely to be chronic telogum effluvium (which I was happier about as it fitted my own google-inspired diagnosis!). The advice from both was to use minoxidil. Neither dermatologist thought the anti-virals were the cause. I'm not doing too well with the minoxidil. I used the 5% lotion (2x per day) prescribed and ended up in A&E with a massive blood pressure spike. I then tried regaine's over the counter 2% lotion and the same thing happened. I then tried the foam and have actually been ok with that (weirdly) for the past two weeks but I'm paranoid about the side effects and my chest feels a bit tight and I'm sure my tinnitus is worse. I don't want to use it but neither do I want to lose the rest of my hair. Is there any way to confirm if this is telegum effluvium? If so does your hair always come back naturally, even if it is chronic? I'm not sure what the trigger may be as there are so many possibilities - I did 3x IVF but they ended 18 months ago, my dad attempted suicide but that was also over 18 months ago, and then there is the medication (anti-virals) and my job has been quite full-on. Feeling a bit alone with this so happy to have found this forum. Thanks!