Why You Should Pay Extra Attention To Hair Loss Post COVID-19
Generally, there are a lot of reasons because of which a person can experience hair loss. Some of them are hereditary hair loss, Alopecia Areata, cancer treatment, childbirth, illness, prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, hormonal imbalance, etc. Hair loss affects both men and women but at a different level. Some of these conditions are progressive and can only be controlled; others are reversible and eliminated through effective treatment. Today, the whole world is suffering from Coronavirus effects, and new symptoms have been reported as the virus is evolving and transforming itself into new variants.
Temporary hair loss or Telogen Effluvium (TE) - Although not listed as a significant Covid symptom in the NHS, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence and research that suggests that it is indeed one of the symptoms that has to be treated after long Covid treatment. As per the findings and clinical observations, hair loss due to Covid 19 will appear after 1 to 1.5 months post-treatment. This temporary hair loss or Telogen Effluvium (TE) might be caused due to nutritional deficiencies, the stress of quarantine, hormonal imbalances, fever, inflammatory reactions, etc.
Although there is no direct correlation between the Coronavirus effect and hair loss, the human body recovered from Covid-19 will pay less attention to the hair follicles and only concentrate on the essential functions necessary, resulting in temporary hair loss. Usually, a person may experience hair fall of 100 to 200 strands daily. Still with Telogen Effluvium (TE), the hair fall will rise to 300-400 strands each, further increasing stress, thereby creating a vicious cycle of anxiety and hair loss increase. But the good news is that Telogen Effluvium (TE) is a temporary condition and can be entirely reversed with proper treatment and precautions.
Measures to prevent hair loss after Covid
Temporary hair loss or Telogen Effluvium (TE) is a reversible Covid symptom that can be effectively cured with a healthy diet and better hair care. Some of the useful steps on how to stop hair fall after Covid are listed below.
- A protein-rich diet such as eggs, chicken, fish, green leafy vegetables, yoghurt, soybean, and paneer will increase the strength of the hair follicles, making them more robust at the root, thereby reducing hair fall
- A daily exercise regime will increase the scalp’s blood flow and release endorphins (happy hormones), promoting hair regrowth
- The use of mild shampoos that are free of parabens and sulfates will increase hair strength
- Reduced oiling and massaging of the scalp are recommended
- Use a wide teeth comb to reduce stress on the hair
- Take doctor-recommended hair growth supplements rich in amino acids and antioxidants to provide necessary nutrients for better hair regrowth
- Use botanical lotions to improve hair growth
- If the hair loss is too severe, the patients can undergo treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), hair growth boosters that will accelerate hair regrowth
Hair loss due to Covid-19 is a temporary condition that can be reversed completely through proper diet and hair care. However, if the condition persists for a long time, please visit your nearest dermatologist and get adequate counselling and treatment.
By: 1Tab Desk | on 2021-08-18