We have already heard about many consequences caused by the coronavirus, such as fatigue, cardiac and lung problems. One of the consequences that does not endanger health, but can bother you – hair loss.
One of the questions that arises is whether hair loss is a consequence of a virus infection or taking medication during the treatment of patients with kovid-19.
– After coronavirus infection, 30% of hair goes into a phase of decline. The reason is that our body, when it is struggling with a severe infection, experiences physiological stress. Then our body saves on irrelevant structures such as hair, and therefore shortens the supply of blood and nutrients to the hair. The fiber reacts to that by stopping working and its growth cycle is interrupted, it enters the resting phase and then the falling out phase – said Dr. Elena Arsova, trichologist, and concluded that hair loss is directly related to infection and not to drugs.
Patients notice a loss of two hundred to three hundred hairs a day, as opposed to the usual loss of about 100 hairs a day.
Dr. Arsova says that hair loss begins three months after the infection and usually lasts for three months.
– After that, the fall should slowly stabilize and start growing new hair. Unfortunately, this does not always happen so spontaneously, because the hair follicle can be changed primarily, and then the loss affects an additional disorder of the follicle function – explained Dr. Arsova.
He adds that most of the patients who had a problem with hair loss after suffering from kovida-19, already had some problems of that type before. In patients who did not have problems with hair loss before being infected with the coronavirus, he says, the hair is renewed, so there is no reason for care and special treatments.
He emphasizes that in that case, it is enough to improve the diet and enrich it with proteins, with the use of vitamin supplements and lotions to stimulate hair growth.
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