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Losing hair post-covid? Worry not, a dermatologist tells you how to fix it

Published on:30 April 2021, 11:59am IST
Massive hair fall after recovering from covid-19 is a common side-effect. Don’t worry, and read to know all that you can do to keep your tresses healthy.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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You need to be vigilant about excessive hair shedding. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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. 

Here’s why hair loss is pertinent, post-covid

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.

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Use these products to help your hair heal! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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.

Dr Rana advises some home hacks to fix hair loss due to covid-19

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:

  • Take nutritional foods that are rich in vitamin D and iron, which can prove to be highly effective and healthy for the body.
  • Exercise regularly. Just taking out 30 to 60 minutes, five times a week is enough.
  • Sleep well. Taking 7 to 8 hours sleep is a mandate, if you really want to recover properly from this deadly virus.
  • Reduce mental stress and practice breathing exercises or meditation to tackle stress.

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  • Don’t get overzealous about disinfecting your hair.
  • Don’t comb your hair with fine bristle combs.
  • Take a high-protein diet and supplements like biotin. Poultry, eggs, seafood, beans, peas, and lentils, nuts and seeds, and soy products are some natural sources of biotin that you can add to your diet.

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!  

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.