Covid 19 & Rapid Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

covid 19 telogen effluvium rapid hair lossCovid 19 & Rapid Hair Loss is more common than you might think. Maybe you’re familiar with some hair shedding here and there, but lately, you may have seen an increase in the amount of hair loss. You’re not imagining things, and you’re not the only one.

Side Effects of Long Covid & Post Covid: Telogen Effluvium

As if the global pandemic of 2020, which shows no sign of significantly abating, hadn’t delivered enough blows, it appears that those who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus can experience unexpected aftereffects, including Telogen Effluvium, a hair loss condition associated with extreme stress on the central nervous system. 

Although it is not listed as an official side-effect of Covid, millions of people who have recovered from the viral infection have reported extreme hair loss in the initial two weeks to six-month period post-infection. Some individuals lose hair in clumps, while others report general rapid shedding. 

Unlike the known and predictable symptoms of the original virus and earlier variants, those who’ve suffered from COVID-related hair loss have been unable to find respite, and their symptoms seem to linger for an extended period — up to 12 months even. Those who medically treat hair loss have reported seeing record numbers of patient visits from those who are looking for answers. In addition to the varied length of time that hair loss is experienced, the amount of hair shedding seems to be different from person to person.

Covid 19 & Rapid Hair Loss: What is the Cause?

There are a few things that could be at the root of the issue with respect to Covid 19 & Rapid Hair Loss. Temporary hair loss is normal after a fever or illness according to the American Academy of Dermatology. When a person gets sick, the body may respond by sending more hairs than normal into the shedding phase of the hair growth lifecycle at one time. Brought on by a high fever, physical stress or a viral infection, this is called telogen effluvium. Full recovery can take a year, and for some, hair growth never returns to its previous state.

Emotional stress may be another cause of hair loss. All the societal uncertainties that have surfaced in the last few years could be the culprit. Finally, for those who already may have significant hereditary or other forms of pattern hair loss, contracting the coronavirus triggers more hair shedding. 

Hair Replacement and Hair Additions Can Help

First, know that you are not the only one going through this. There are others who are having the same feelings and are actively seeking help. If you are experiencing rapid hair loss and want to know what hair loss solutions are available to you, one of the first courses of action you can take is to talk to an experienced, professional hair loss specialist near you. They can evaluate your specific degree of hair loss or thinning, talk to you about your lifestyle and activities, your wants and needs, and recommend a solution that meets your needs, looks totally natural, and will help you regain your look and resume a normal, healthy lifestyle, both socially and professionally.

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