Covid-19 Impact On Hair Loss-Looks Studio

While there’s not a lot of clarity available as to who may suffer from this dire complication, the problem of excessive hair fall can be more common for those who had a moderate or severe case of COVID-19, since they can have a higher likelihood of battling complications, high inflammation, poor dietary problems during their illness or infectious phase. Again, as with the trajectory of COVID cases, people with milder forms of illness may not see the problem that worse, or recover quickly, while some may continue to encounter the problem months on after testing negative

People develop noticeable hair loss after recovering from COVID-19

Months after recovering from COVID-19, many people find that their hair is falling out in large clumps.

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Usually, hair fall is something that may not be avoided completely and happens to everyone. Routinely, a person may lose up to 100 strands of hair a day, which can happen due to multiple reasons and genetic make-up. Stress, poor diet, conditions, the hair products you use, water quality, etc. as well as age can all lead to hair fall. However, what COVID patients experience is a lot different and drastically intense. Post-COVID hair fall is categorized as ‘telogen effluvium’ and isn’t exactly hair fall, but hair shedding. Fever or any illness (such as COVID itself) can actually force more hairs into the shedding phase.

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Telogen effluvium which is primarily resultant of stress and related inflammation is termed as a sudden onset of hair loss- meaning that this can strike even those who are young and healthy, and not at a generalized risk for hair fall. Some doctors also go on to categorize this as a kind of a ‘shock’ the body sustains while suffering from fever and COVID symptoms for a relatively long period (14-21 days). This could be a reason as to why so many people who have had COVID, more so during the second wave have recorded excessive hair fall as a concerning side-effect.

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Experts suggest that Telogen effluvium, in comparison to regular hair fall can be quite severe. So, to speak, if a person tends to lose up to 100 hair strands a day, the condition fuelled by COVID inflammation can make a person lose up to 300-400 hair strands a day.

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