SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Some COVID-19 survivors are noticing a stunning symptom months after their battle with the virus: hair loss.
Nikki Privett stated she had a gentle case of COVID-19 again in April, however a number of months later, she says her hair began falling out in chunks.
“I seen that increasingly more was popping out in my arms after which finally in July it turned handfuls,” she told our sister station WRTV in Indianapolis.
Dr. Nancy Maly, a doctor in dermatology at Sharp Rees-Stealy, stated she has seen extra sufferers with complaints about hair loss not too long ago, each from those that have recovered from COVID and people who haven’t been contaminated.
“I undoubtedly have seen extra sufferers recently coming in for hair loss — with and with out having had COVID,” Maly stated. “From what we learn about COVID, there’s probably not a compelling motive to imagine that it is the virus itself however extra possible it is this stress-induced sort of hair loss that we learn about and see on a regular basis.”
Medical doctors imagine it’s probably a situation referred to as telogen effluvium, a kind of hair loss that may have an effect on each men and women, and sometimes begins about three months after a aggravating occasion.
It may be triggered by emotional stress like a job loss or the dying of a cherished one, or by bodily stress like a severe sickness.
Usually, adults shed about 100 hairs a day. However Dr. Maly stated when your physique is in shock or combating a illness, there may be backlog on that hair loss.
“Throughout that aggravating time, your physique is prioritizing a very powerful features and shedding your hair will not be one among them,” she stated. “So you find yourself having that delayed response the place the hairs that have been presupposed to fall out throughout that point fall out later.”
There may be not a direct therapy for telogen effluvium however this non permanent type of hair loss often resolves itself after about three to 6 months, she stated.
There’s additionally early analysis exhibiting a distinct sort of hyperlink between hair loss and the virus.
Two small studies confirmed that bald males could also be as much as 40 % extra liable to creating a extreme case of COVID-19. Scientists theorize it’s as a result of bald males have larger ranges of a hormone referred to as adrogen that appears to assist the virus enter cells.