Coronavirus long-term impact: Survey reports shocking hair loss in COVID-19 patients

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14th August, 2020 03:32:55 printer

Coronavirus long-term impact: Survey reports shocking hair loss in COVID-19 patients


Scientist and medical experts are learning more about the virus with every passing day in a bid to understand the mind-blogging ways the pathogen attacks the entire body, from head to toe. Some of the absolutely bizarre symptoms of COVID-19 include upset stomach, pain in legs, rash, reduced sensation of smell or taste (in the absence of a blocked nose) and even eye problems.

It has been noted that the patients who recover after battling severe coronavirus disease, may also end-up with permanent lung damage and significant health impact on kidney, brain and heart.

Adding to the list of mind-scratching facts about COVID-19, researchers are observing that COVID-19 can also trigger temporary hair loss. Yes, according to a survey conducted by Dr Natalie Lambert from Indiana University School of Medicine and Survivor Corp Facebook group survey, it was found that hair loss was amongst the top 25 symptoms experienced by those diagnosed with the highly infectious disease.

The survey was conducted on more than 1,500 survivors of the disease, who were experiencing the long-term impact of COVID-19. These recovered patients are known as long-haulers. The survey also revealed that long-haulers experienced hair loss more than nausea and congested nose--two symptoms largely identified by medial agencies like CDC.

How does COVID-19 cause hair loss?

One of the major reasons which can lead to hair shedding in COVID-19 patients could be the immense stress of fighting the disease. Technically known as ‘Telogen effluvium’, this kind of temporary hair shedding happens when your body experiences an immense amount of stress, in the form of trauma, shock or sickness.

However, given the novel nature of the contagian, it is difficult to pinpoint one standalone reason for the hair loss. It can also be attributed to poor nutritional intake, owing to the messed up digestive system and loss of appetite in the patients. The virus also puts an immense amount of mental and physical stress on the body, which can again lead to hair loss.

What can you do to battle hair loss caused by COVID-19

Experts are of the opinion that the hair loss is majorly ‘transient’ and the focus should be on dialling down the stress levels, sleeping well and taking care of the nutritional requirements of your body. Ultimately, your immune system and your body’s response to the virus also determines whether you experience hair shedding post contracting COVID-19 or not.

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