Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss & Covid-19
Since the Covid pandemic began things have changed the world over. Even today many that have survived falling victim to the virus and have had a full recovery are finding they aren’t out of the woods yet. There is a new term, “long-haulers” that has emerged. It refers to those with lingering health issues stemming from Covid. One of those issues is hair loss. The researchers looking into the after-effects of Covid-19 do not believe Covid attacks the hair follicles. They believe hair loss is the body’s reaction to the physiological and emotional stress that the disease has caused, rather than a symptom of the disease itself.
Hair specialists like those at IHRS in Jacksonville, Florida are seeing a 25 percent increase in men and women developing hair loss. This is happening because of an impaired immune system. When you have increased levels of stress and emotional factors that can run high because of the virus hair loss can be triggered. There have been several individuals on social media sharing their experience and show the clumps of hair that have fallen out.
Many of the individuals with hair loss have the same story. They have had high fevers and have been sick, sicker than they ever have been in their lives. The shock of losing their hair has been traumatic. Not something they ever expected. The emotional toll from sudden hair loss then results in low self-esteem, anxiety, and sometimes depression.
Hair Loss & Covid-19: Temporary or Permanent?
The hair loss you may be suffering from can vary from one individual to another. At IHRS, we know hair loss and how men and women are affected by it. That is why we offer a wide range of options. Which option is right for you? That depends on the severity of your hair loss. From laser hair therapy, custom-made wigs, hair toppers, hair extensions, and hair replacement systems that are specifically created for you by being fitted to your scalp.
Stress-related hair loss is referred to as telogen effluvium. It is usually temporary but there are cases of hair not growing back as thick or in all areas. It can take six to even nine months for the hair to grow back. With the variety of different options we can help reduce your hair loss stress and give you back your hair and who knows. It might even be nicer than your own hair.
If you are losing your hair and believe it might be from the stress of Covid-19 and the pandemic, give us a call for a free hair loss evaluation. We can examine your hair and scalp and let you know what the cause of your hair loss is and show you the options that can help give you back your self-esteem and confidence.