Are You Losing Your Hair? It Might Be Because Of The Pandemic!

Are You Losing Your Hair? It Might Be Because Of The Pandemic!
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Doctors Noticed a massive increase in patients who have lost significant amounts of hair, and they believe that the phenomenon might result from stress provoked by the novel coronavirus.

Annrene Rowe was preparing her 10th wedding anniversary this summer when she observed a bald spot on her head.

The Loss

In the upcoming days, her hair started falling out in clumps, clogging up the shower drain.

“I was crying hysterically,” she said.

Rowe was hospitalized for nearly two weeks in April due to symptoms associate with the coronavirus, soon discovered suspiciously similar stories in online communities of COVID-19 survivors.

Many claimed that, a few months after contracting the virus, they started shedding immense amounts of hair.

Doctors claimed that they are seeing an increasing number of patients who manifest hair loss, a phenomenon they believe is related to the pandemic, affecting all people, regardless if they ever contracted the virus or not.

Naturally, some shed considerable amounts of hair after an intensely stressful period like illness, major surgery, or emotional trauma.

Currently, doctors say that many of the recovering COVID-19 patients are experiencing hair loss, not due to the virus itself, but due to the psychological stress of fighting it off.

Others are losing hair due to stress provoked by losing their jobs, financial strain, deaths of friends or relatives, and other consequences of the pandemic.

Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal, an associate dermatology professor from the Cleveland Clinic, said:

“There’s many, many stresses in many ways surrounding this pandemic, and we’re still seeing hair loss because a lot of the stress hasn’t gone away.”

Doctor Khetarpal claimed that, before the pandemic, he never saw a patient with this kind of hair loss.

How can I deal with hair loss?

Hair loss can have a significant impact on your confidence and self-esteem – and while its important to understand that hair loss does not diminish your worth in any way, or make you any less attractive – it can be hard to deal with. With that in mind, here are some ways in which you can deal with (or reduce) hair loss.

  • Wash your hair regularly, using a gentle shampoo that isn’t too harsh on your scalp.
  • Pay attention to the ingredients used in your haircare products so that you can avoid overly harsh chemicals.
  • Be gentle when brushing your hair, and avoid brushing your hair when it is wet.
  • Keep your hair healthy & hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Get in touch with professionals such as the team at SMP who offer services such as scalp micropigmentation – that can help transform your appearance and leave a huge smile on your face.
  • Follow a healthy diet that provides your body (and hair) with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

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Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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