Covid 19 Information
COVID-19 AND HAIR LOSS
Feb 5th 2021
COVID-19 first reached mainstream media at the beginning of 2020 – and in March it was declared a ‘pandemic’ by the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s already become a milestone in history and recognized in our daily lives.
Those who have contracted COVID can have a wide variety of symptoms. Is it possible for hair loss to be a symptom when battling the virus? Could it be a long-term effect? We’ve done some research and put this article together to help you stay informed.
According to Healthline.com, hair loss has been reported in some individuals who have recovered from COVID. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes hair loss and hair thinning as a potential long-term effect – but this is still being studied.
Following the exposure to COVID and its recovery, the hair loss seen in many patients can be consistent with a condition called telogen effluvium (TE). TE is a reversible condition that can start with an acute illness with fever –fever being one of the main symptoms of someone who becomes ill with COVID.
Many people who develop TE notice significant hair loss approximately 60 to 90 days after a ‘triggering event’ – which could be emotional distress, high fever, or a major surgery – all of which take a toll on the body. The hair can come out in large clumps, often while brushing the hair or showering. Usually affecting less than half of the scalp, it can still last up to 9 months before regrowth.
However, it’s also important to note that when the body is under constant stress, hair loss is highly likely. Even if someone doesn’t catch COVID, the stress of dealing with others getting sick, losing their jobs, and dealing with uncertainty can contribute to a lack of wellbeing. Overall wellness should be a high priority on your list of goals, which not only includes stress management but also: a good diet, sleep, and exercise. All are essential for a healthy mind and body – not to mention the health of your skin and hair.
The relation of COVID and hair loss is beginning to be reported and recognized in research. It’s clear that at times, hair loss can take a toll on one’s self-esteem and be part of our identity. If you have been affected by covid hair loss we are here to help with a large selection of alternative hair. Human Hair wigs - Synthetic Wigs - Human & Synthetic Topper - Men's Hairpieces - Head Coverings. Hair Toppers have been a wonderful addition to the wig world, giving just that little bit you maybe looking for.