Has Covid-19 Caused my Hair Loss?

Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, has caused significant disruptions to daily life and has also led to increased stress levels for many people. Unfortunately, stress can be a trigger for hair loss, and some people have reported experiencing hair loss during the pandemic.

Hair loss caused by stress is known as telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss occurs when the hair growth cycle is disrupted, and hair that is normally in the growth phase is pushed into the shedding phase. The result is increased hair loss, which can be noticeable as thinning hair or a widening part.

The stress of the pandemic can be caused by a variety of factors. For some, it may be the fear of contracting the virus or the loss of loved ones. For others, it may be financial stress caused by job loss or economic uncertainty. Additionally, changes in daily routines, such as working from home or homeschooling children, can also contribute to stress levels.

There are also possible direct relationship of Covid-19 and hair loss, as some studies have suggested that the virus can directly affect the hair follicles. The Covid-19 virus can cause inflammation in the body, and this inflammation can lead to hair loss. Some people who have had Covid-19 have reported experiencing hair loss several weeks after recovering from the virus.

It is important to note that hair loss is not a common symptom of Covid-19 and most people do not experience hair loss as a result of the virus. Additionally, hair loss caused by stress is typically temporary and hair growth will return to normal once the stress has been resolved.

If you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to speak with your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. It is also important to take steps to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, and talking to a therapist. Additionally, a healthy diet and good hair care practices can also help to improve hair health.

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There is also a range of treatments available for hair loss, some with side effects. All of the treatments available are covered in this book. But it’s always recommended to consult with a doctor or a hair loss specialist to get the right diagnosis and treatment plan.

It’s important to remember that hair loss is a normal part of the hair growth cycle and it’s not uncommon to lose 50-100 hairs per day. However, if you are experiencing excessive hair loss or notice a change in the thickness of your hair, it may be a sign of an underlying condition.

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Covid-19 and Hair Loss

I am definitely not alone gazing at my hair line with concern.  Google searches for hair loss have increased by 8 percent in the last 12 months, being searched an average of 829,000 a month in the United States.  Actress Alyssa Milano even took to social media to show her own experience with hair loss following her recovery from Coronavirus.  She showed large clumps of hair coming out of her hair as she brushed.

There’s no doubt that contracting Covid-19 can cause stress on the body.  However contracting the virus itself may not be the only cause of hair loss over this past year.  Whether you have experience first hand of Covid-19 or not, we have all been living through the Pandemic.  The disruption, stress and anxiety has been universal.

Coping with Hair Loss

One of the most important things to do if you feel you may be experiencing telogen effluvium is to see your GP and arrange a blood test.  Whilst you may think that Covid-19 is the cause of your hair loss, there are many other possible underlying causes which your GP can test you for. It is common for women to have low iron and hormonal imbalances which can both contribute to hair loss. But also common are low Vitamin D, autoimmune diseases, skin and thyroid conditions.

This is why it is important to see your health care professional. Please don’t just start taking vitamin supplements in the hope that it will cure hair loss. Supplements are important when there is an actual deficiency. But some supplements if taken when not needed, can cause serious health issues and even hair loss.  You can read more about this here. (GUMMIES POST)

In most cases telogen effluvium is reversible. However it can take months to recover.  Instead of agonising over my hair line in the mirror and checking to see if there’s any new hair growing, Why not use female hair fibres to conceal thinning areas.  The tiny cotton fibres cling to the hair shaft making them appear thicker and fuller. This way no one has to know that your hair isn’t exactly as it was before Covid-19 . The great news is – no one can tell you are using Female Hair Fibres like Boost N Blend, so the secret is all yours.