COVID 19 can cause hair loss

Covid can cause hair loss.

Covid and other viruses can cause hair loss. There have been numerous reports of hair loss related to Covid. Even if you haven’t had the virus, the hair loss you may have noticed is likely not just your imagination.

Why is my hair falling out?

It is important to understand why your hair is falling out in order to take simple steps towards thicker hair. Hair loss is rarely a simple issue; it is often a combination of factors at its root, pun intended.

Let’s discuss a viral infection first. Covid or flu related hair loss is commonly associated with a condition called telogen effluvium. Our hair is the least essential system for our survival, and it undergoes the most vigorous cell division and growth in the adult body. When the body is under attack, the body prioritises sending nutrients and oxygen to the systems vital for survival.

Let’s face it, your hair is less important than your lungs when facing a serious health threat. About three months after recovering from a major illness, you may notice hair loss due to telogen effluvium. High fevers can also contribute to this condition, which may explain why we are witnessing many cases of post viral hair loss, even in mild infections.

Will my hair grow back?

The good news is that this is only a temporary condition and it usually reverts without help. What has occurred is that the hair, which had stopped growing and was preparing to enter a natural rest cycle, has fallen out. Normally, it remains in the hair follicle for about two to three months before gradually shedding, but the shock of the infection accelerates this process, causing you to notice more hair on your pillow. Under magnification, the picture looks much brighter because you would typically see a new crop of hair growing. The condition is temporary, and you should regain all of your beautiful hair with little to no intervention needed.

Anxiety and psychological trauma can have a similar effect. Even if you haven’t been physically ill, you may be worried, and many of us are experiencing heightened distress. Your body still perceives it is under attack and may respond with telogen effluvium. Adequate rest and good-quality sleep are crucial. If you feel overwhelmed, it is advisable to talk to a friend or seek professional help early on.

Extreme shock can trigger a different response, leading to autoimmune conditions in some cases. These conditions require attention from a qualified Trichologist in conjunction with your doctor, as there are interventions that can assist. Video consultations are available, and addressing the issue as soon as possible is worthwhile.

What will make my hair grow back?

Small things can aid in hair regrowth. Sleep is vital, as healing and regeneration are compromised without sufficient rest. Nutrition is also extremely important. Did you know that your hair and skin utilise a substantial 30% of your daily dietary protein intake? Ensure you are consuming an adequate amount. Iron and Vitamin B12 deficiencies are among the leading culprits of thinning hair. During periods of stress, it is advisable to increase your intake of nutrient-dense foods to ensure a sufficient supply of these vital nutrients to your hair follicles. Red meat, is an excellent source of iron, B12, essential amino acids and protein. If you follow a vegan vegetarian or pescatarian diet, consider high-quality supplementation. Simple brewers yeast contains many of the nutrients vital to healthy hair growth. Eggs are outstanding if they are on your menu.

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