MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) — UW Well being dermatologists are seeing elevated instances of hair loss in sufferers who’ve recovered from COVID-19.
UW Well being integrative dermatologist Dr. Apple Bodemer says it began in the summertime of 2020 and elevated as COVID-19 surged round Dane County within the fall, in keeping with a information launch.
“Previous to COVID-19, I used to be seeing two to 4 hair loss sufferers per thirty days. Lately I’ve been seeing as much as 5 or 6 a day,” stated Bodemer. “The kind of hair loss related to the bodily and emotional stress associated to COVID-19 is referred to as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium generally happens after a bodily or psychological stressor akin to a coronary heart assault, automobile accident, having a child, lack of a beloved one and just lately COVID-19.”
Bodemer says when the physique i sunder stress, hair progress is placed on maintain. Hair will regrow about 4 to 6 months later, and that’s when hair loss occurs.
Nevertheless, there may be excellent news. UW Well being stated hair loss means new hair is beginning to develop throughout the follicle, pushing the previous resting hair out.
Bodemer stated vital hair loss as much as 50% is just not unusual. Hair will develop again in six to 12 months, but it surely would not make it any much less upsetting for sufferers.
“In my observe, I speak to my sufferers about mindfulness, breath work and advocate dietary supplements that assist help the adrenal glands, so individuals are higher capable of deal with the bodily results of stress,” Bodemer stated.
Rogaine is an possibility, however by the point it kicks in, hair could be rising again naturally at that time, in keeping with Bodemer.
UW Well being stated if hair loss continues for six months or extra, you must go to your physician. Officers say telogen effluvium will also be attributable to thyroid illness, iron deficiency, or different undiagnosed medical situation.