It’s true that people go through balding after the recovery period from COVID-19, but it is not permanent.Hair loss is a common side effect of the coronavirus, but it’s not always permanent. The virus can cause temporary or even long-term damage to your body and brain — including hair follicles.
But there are ways you can prevent this from happening in the first place.
If you are getting excessive hair loss or if the hair loss is for more than 6 months, you need to meet our specialists for a detailed assessment and advice based on our post-covid treatment protocol.
Here’s what we know about how the novel coronavirus affects our bodies.
What Happens When You Get Sick?
When people catch COVID-19, they usually start with flu symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills, fatigue, runny nose and sneezing. These may last for several days before getting better on their own. Some people also have diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, confusion, seizures, delirium and death.
Temporary hair loss is normal after a fever or illness
As you know fever is a common symptom of COVID-19. But a few months after having a high fever or recovering from an illness, many people see noticeable hair loss that’s actually called telogen effluvium and happens when more hairs than normal enter the shedding phase (telogen) of the hair growth lifecycle at once. Most people will experience this type of hair shedding two to three months following their fever or recovery period. Handfuls can come out during these periods as well – even though it may be tough emotionally for you if your friends notice first!
Hair Loss Will Halt
When you feel that your hair is falling out for no reason, it’s important to recognize the cause of this shedding. You might be surprised when you find something as simple as a fever or illness can lead to temporary hair loss and eventual regrowth – but many cases are more serious than just stress-related telogen effluvium. If sudden, unexpected balding has left you with questions unanswered by Google searches about recovery rates and causes, consult an expert like a dermatologist who will help answer these lingering uncertainties in order to name what may have led to such dramatic changes on top of your head!
If you think that you are having excessive hair loss or your hair loss is not due to stress or fever and it’s not telogen effluvium, talk to our hair specialist without further delay.
Hair loss after COVID-19 is most likely a reaction to the physiological and emotional stress brought on by this disease. When you have any shock to your system, hair will often be pushed into the shedding phase as our bodies try their best not only to heal but adapt for future problems or events that might occur in life.
Recently it has been found that may be patients who are experiencing extreme cases of trauma such as major surgery and childbirth experience similar changes with regards to hormones which can cause them to go through periods when they may see an increase in thinning strands from day one until about three months post-event. This also appears true for people suffering from other severe strains like heart attack, stroke, arthritis pain flare-ups etc where there may just be some form of hormonal.
Should You See A doctor?
Losing your hair can be stressful. If you’re shedding because of telogen effluvium, it should grow back on its own in time without any medical treatment. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of nutrients to help keep up the strength and healthy appearance while resting as much as possible for best results- but don’t overdo it! You might also want to consult our specialist if the problem persists longer than six months or experience other symptoms like itching, flaking, rash which could indicate a different condition that requires professional attention right away. In rare cases patients may develop chronic telogen effluvium lasting more than six months; this usually occurs when someone has undergone extreme stress including surgery and illness.
You should book an appointment to see our Homeopathic specialist if the problem lasts longer than six months. You should also see a doctor if your hair loss is accompanied by a rash, flaking or itching, which could indicate a different problem.
You need to be on the lookout for any excessive hair loss or other symptoms accompanied by hair loss to see if COVID-19 is causing hair loss or something else.