Headache, fatigue, and pale skin — the list is long, when it comes to the side-effects caused by covid-19. Apart from this, some people have also complained about losing their hair, after recovering from the infection. If you’re one of them, don’t worry at all, because this is also a common side-effect, and we’re here to help you fix it.
This survey conducted by founder of Survivor Corps, Diana Berrent reveals you’re not alone. There’s another study published in The Lancet that shows 22 percent of covid-19 patients who were hospitalised in China, reported hair loss six months later.
We are all currently in the middle of a pandemic, and the new strain of covid -19 isn’t helping. Although there are many people who have recovered from this deadly virus, most of them are still facing side-effects, like hair loss.
The cause of the hair loss triggered by covid-19 has not been scientifically proven, but it could most likely be due to the stress and anxiety prompted by the virus. This is known as ‘Telogen effluvium’ — a condition in which temporary hair loss happens when the body experiences acute stress, in the form of trauma, shock or sickness. Apart from this, nutritional deficiencies, due to the absence of a healthy diet during the period of infection, can also result in hair loss.
“When there’s a shock to the system, the body goes into lockdown mode and only focuses on essential functions. Hair growth is not as essential as other functions, That’s why people end up losing hair. There are several factors that can cause hair loss – such as hormonal imbalances, genetics, age, stress, other health conditions and medication,” explains Dr Ajay Rana, dermatologist and aesthetic physician.
There’s no overnight remedy to stop hair loss, caused by covid-19. But there are a few things you can follow to stop hair loss:
Getting a negative report isn’t enough, when it comes to covid-19. You have to take care of yourself for a few months to replenish your body, and get it back on track.
And remember, this too shall pass!