HAIR LOSS & COVID-19
Is there a link between Covid-19 and hair loss?
Despite several stories in the press of people losing hair after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19), there is no scientific or clinical evidence correlating Covid-19 and hair loss. However, the link is not from the virus in itself, but from the emotional, psychological and physiological stress of fighting it off.
As a consequence, some people are losing more hair than normal especially in this bleak coronavirus time.
Stress Related Hair Loss
The condition of our hair is often a direct manifestation of our overall health. During this pandemic, there are also deep social and economic ramifications affecting us all. The anxiety level on our Society is very high and we haven’t seen the end of it yet. The accumulation of stress can contribute to increased hair shedding, resulting in thinning hair.
There are two main conditions related to stress and losing hair:
- First, a condition known as telogen effluvium, which is a type of hair loss often caused by severe illness, stress and/or significant life changes or events such as job loss, weight loss, the death of a family member or friends, etc.
- The other hair loss type that is increasing and exacerbated by psychological stress is alopecia areata, in which the hair follicles are attacked by the immune system.
Recently, in a July survey about post-Covid symptoms among 1,567 members of a survivors’ group, 423 people reported unusual hair loss. This phenomenon has also been reported with many frontline workers in the NHS and other medical institutions around the World. said she has treated many frontline medical workers for hair loss, including her hospital’s employees.
Some of these individuals had the virus, but not all of them and the main reason is that they are dealing with very stressful situations such as trying to save lives, witnessing a high level of deaths and working very long hours apart from their families. We can only be thankful and always remember the sacrifices the medical body is still making for us all.
Contact NAR LONDON Hair Loss Clinic in Harley Street
There is a clear link between stress and hair loss and it can also be the result of several other factors. If you are suffering from hair loss and are looking for treatments, you can book a free consultation at Nar London’s Harley Street Clinic.