By Robert Preidt
“I’ve had sufferers coming in just lately with stress-related hair loss, who inform me they had been so frightened about dying earlier this yr and even that that they had COVID-19. However they do not see the results till three months later,” stated dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz of Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles.
“It throws the affected person off as a result of the stress has resolved, and but, the bodily manifestation is going on now,” Aivaz stated in a hospital information launch.
Stress-related hair loss usually happens three months or extra after a aggravating occasion. Why it takes that lengthy is not clear, however the physique could prematurely power hair into the dormant section of its development cycle, which ultimately results in the hair root shrinking and falling out, specialists say.
“When you take away the set off and the stress stage decreases, the vast majority of the time hair loss stops by itself, and the affected person regrows the misplaced hair as a result of their follicles are nonetheless lively and wholesome,” she stated.
Because the pandemic has progressed, Aivaz and different dermatologists have additionally had extra sufferers in search of therapy for pores and skin points attributable to elevated hand-washing and stress.
Along with hair loss, stress can set off flares of pimples, dandruff and eczema, notably amongst older people who find themselves extra weak to COVID-19 and should have been frightened about their well being and funds, Aivaz stated.
For eczema, she recommends taking brief, lukewarm showers of 10 minutes or much less utilizing fragrance-free cleaning soap within the areas most frequently affected (armpits, groin, ft). However do not overdo it, she famous.
“When pores and skin is absolutely dry, even light cleaning soap can strip pure oils. Do not wash one thing that is not dirty,” Aivaz stated. “Lather cleaning soap in your fingers, and skip the washcloth, which can also strip your pores and skin.”
For extra on stress, see the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.
SOURCE: Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart, information launch, Nov. 16, 2020