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How to Cope Up with the COVID-19 related Hair Loss?

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Posted: June 23, 2021
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  • COVID-19 & Hair Loss
  • Causes for hair fall during/post-COVID-19
  • Hair Care tips for post covid hair loss
  • The Takeaway 

Have you recently recovered from COVID-19?

Are you dealing with post-COVID-19 related severe hair loss?

This is for you!

If we have learned anything from this pandemic, it is to expect the unexpected. Hair loss is one such unexpected COVID-19 misery for many! 

“Around 80 Million men & women suffer from hair loss worldwide”

The ongoing pandemic has been very tough for all. So many people are getting infected by the second wave of the COVID-19. One of the unexpected issues for patients who are recovering from a coronavirus infection is the apparent increase in hair loss. While the exact cause of post-covid hair loss is vague and still under study, but if it is not treated in time, it can lead to long-term effects. If you have been experiencing intense hair fall recently and looking out for ways to cope up with it, this blog post will help you understand its reasons, tips, and treatments implemented in the best skin and hair clinics in Hyderabad.

COVID & Hair Loss 

The American Academy of Dermatology states that hair loss can be caused by genetics, age, hormone imbalances, medications, other health conditions, and stress of course. 

Expert Dermatologists in Hyderabad say the type most COVID-19 patients are having the condition called telogen effluvium, moreover a temporary form of telogen effluvium – a form caused by physical and emotional stress, high fever – illness, weight loss of more than 20 pounds, and due to symptoms of the common virus. It can lead to noticeable hair loss, but it is something you can experience naturally. Telogen effluvium involves separating the head, not the crown, and male pattern baldness, and it can be more than 50%-100% of the hair that people lose. 

Typically, there are three common cycles in the hair life cycle. About 90% of the time, everything grows, 5% is at rest and 10% is degraded. If you have a major stress event or shock, 50% of your hair goes into the shedding phase.

That is usually a delayed process because of the way the normal hair growth cycle is “. So if you have encountered any severe illness or major event & then it could be about 3-5 months later that all of a sudden, you may start noticing the hair shedding. And we are in the time frame for that with regard to the current pandemic.

This type of hair loss can happen to people who are under immense stress. It has been linked to serious illnesses, autoimmune diseases, and people having strokes or heart attacks.  

Causes for hair fall during/post-COVID-19

Temporary hair loss following a severe illness or stress associated with it is quite normal. Acute stress and anxiety can disrupt your hair growth cycle because the body’s energy prioritizes essential & life-sustaining functions over hair growth. 

Here are the top 3 causes of severe hair loss during or post-COVID-19:

Stress

There has been no study directly relating COVID-19 with acute hair loss yet. However, trichologists suggest that physical and emotional stress during or post-COVID-19 may lead to a hair loss condition called Telogen effluvium. As aforementioned, this condition causes hair follicles to become loose & eventually fall out. And such hair fall is often visible while washing or brushing your hair. The stress-induced telogen effluvium condition causes temporary hair loss which is reversible in most patients.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies that occur during COVID-19 can also lead to hair loss. Iron, zinc, and vitamin A deficiencies in the diet are some of the most well-known reasons for increased hair loss. 

Post-Viral Inflammation   

Many patients recovering from COVID-19 experience excessive hair loss in the two to three months following the virus. Excessive hair loss is common during the COVID recovery process and can occur up to 50% before the hair enters the resting and resting phases of the hair growth cycle. The post-viral inflammatory reaction in the body lasts about three months before the hair regrows. 

Hair Care tips for post covid hair loss

The first and foremost step is to determine the exact cause of hair loss, and this could be done by consulting a professional dermato-trichologist. The doctor will perform some blood tests to ascertain whether the hair loss is due to the illness, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency, scalp problem, or other underlying health conditions.  

The good news is that even if the primary trigger of hair loss has nothing to do with Covid-19, hair loss can be temporary and resolve itself. Your body will begin to recover and reset the hair growth cycle back to normal. This process can take between 6 and 9 months. You have to wait until the next hair growth cycle begins before you return to the anagen growth phase. 

Check out some useful tips to avoid and prevent further hair loss:

Manage your stress & anxiety 

Understand that hair loss is reversible and your hair can regrow. Emotional & physical stress can worsen hair loss, so it is important to reduce stress. Practice calming stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga. Telogenic- and effluvium-related hair loss can resolve itself without any intervention. Giving yourself physical relaxation days and moderate exercise is essential.

Take a Balanced & Healthy Diet

Include sufficient amounts of protein, vitamin D, iron, and other minerals in your diet to promote hair growth. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet ensures that your body receives the right nutrition during the recovery after COVID-19. 

Have Quality Sleep    

Optimal sleep ensures that your body undergoes proper protein synthesis and the release of hormones necessary for good hair growth. 

Abstain Smoking

Avoid smoking as it can put additional stress on the body and exacerbate hair loss. 

Try Hair Supplements     

Some doctors recommend topical minoxidil to promote more hair growth and prevent further hair loss. You can also use hair supplements rich in biotin (vitamin A), vitamin D, zinc, and iron, which provide your body with the nutrients it needs for healthy hair growth. In addition to these healthy activities, you can also take hair supplements such as biotin. Hair supplements facilitate damage limitation and help to increase the rate of hair growth.     

However, don’t consume anything without expert advice. Always consult a dermato- trichologist before consuming anything.

Try Hair loss Treatments

 If your hair is shedding in larger chunks despite following a balanced healthy lifestyle then, it is best to consult an experienced dermato-trichologist for a tailor-made treatment. The doctor may prescribe topical Minoxidil to prevent further hair loss and encourage more hair growth. Minoxidil is a safe  & ideal medication that can be used for both men and women.  Moreover, the doctor may also recommend finasteride (Propecia) to slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth.

The Takeaway

Whatever the cause of your hair shedding like fever, serious illness, or intense stress, your hair tends to grow and returns to its normal on its own, just give it some time. In the scenario of post-COVID-19, it is normal to experience a mild to moderate amount of hair loss, in such cases, it doesn’t require professional treatment. 

However, if you suspect unusual hair loss and accompanied by other symptoms, it is better to seek medical aid from an expert dermato-trichologist to get the most suitable & effective treatment. You can consult the Science of Skin clinic to know more about haircare and to get individualized hair loss treatment in Hyderabad.

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