Lately, there has been an increased concern related to the loss of hair due to COVID-19. This is due to the fact that many people affected by COVID-19, including famous people, reported hair loss as an effect of the virus.
Long term effects of COVID-19 are still not certain but can we say the hair loss is one of them? Everything seems to indicate that hair loss is a consequence of the stress related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Hair loss is not a symptom of COVID-19
Experiencing hair loss does not necessarily mean that you have contracted the virus. In fact, losing hair is not listed among the symptoms of COVID-19 according to the World Health Organization.
Losing more hair than normal appears to be common among the long haulers of COVID-19. These are people that have contracted the virus and have continued showing symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath or cough.
Hair loss can also appear among people that haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have been stressed out due to the psychologically challenging situation.
Hair loss due to telogen effluvium
Telogen effluvium is among the most common causes of hair loss. Usually, the hair loss manifests itself around three months after the triggering event. This explains why this condition has been increasing lately, after several months from the outbreak.
Telogen effluvium can be triggered by several physiological conditions such as weight loss, surgical operations, endocrine disorders, skin diseases affecting the scalp, or excessive sun exposure. Childbirth can also lead to hair loss and is known as postpartum hair loss. However, psychological stress can also be a major trigger.
This would explain why both people who have contracted the virus and people who haven’t can experience hair loss. The stress due to the pandemic and the life changes it may have caused can contribute to the appearance of telogen effluvium.
Will the hair grow back?
Usually, the hair starts regrowing after the removal of the trigger. The condition can last between three and six months while it can become chronic when it lasts more than six months.
If you are experiencing excessive hair loss, make sure to check with a dermatologist. A trichogram is an exam that helps determine your condition.
If other problems are present, such as scalp disorders or abnormalities in thyroid function, treating those will help with the regrowth of the hair. Gently handling your hair and following a nutritious diet will also help.
Finally, try to keep your stress levels under control to avoid hair loss and other stress-related disorders.