Hair loss being caused by Covid-19, doctors warn

For many, recovery from Covid-19 can be the end of a terrible illness. But for those with long covid, living with the virus is just the beginning.

Common symptoms of long-term Covid are extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, palpitations, muscle pain, brain fog, and a change in your sense of taste and smell.

Scary for the public, a UK study of more than 270,000 people who contracted coronavirus in the United States found that 37 percent had at least one Covid-19 symptom in the three to six months after their initial infection.

Worryingly, there appears to be a new trend among survivors. Hair loss.

Ayrshire mother of four Martha Bradford, takes up 80 percent of their hair was lost during her recovery from Covid-19 and noticed clumps of her locks falling out in the shower.

She said, “Losing my hair was heartbreaking. It destroyed my confidence. My hair was my thing.”

Can Covid-19 cause hair loss?

Covid-19 has been shown to cause hair loss, with a survey of a group of virus survivors found that over a third of patients saw hair fall out during their recovery.

There is no evidence that Covid-19 itself directly causes hair loss, but contracting the virus can cause a harmful reaction in your body.

The physical and psychological stress of fighting the virus can cause your hair to sleep longer than normal in its growth cycle – this is known as “telogen”.

If you’ve been in this condition for too long, it can ultimately lead to hair loss as your body stops replacing dead strands.

Dr. Susan Massick, a dermatologist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, said, “When the system goes into shock, the body goes into lockdown mode and only focuses on essential functions.”

“Hair growth isn’t as important as other functions, so it ends with hair loss.”

Those who suffer from Covid-19 and recover quickly from it rarely see hair loss because their telogen period is not long enough to see big changes.

Once the stress of fighting the coronavirus is over, your hair should slowly return to normal.


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