In April 2020, Katrina Lopez was devastated to find that her hair was falling out of the bathroom. A New York emergency room nurse suspected of anxiety.

“I was devastated by the loss of so many patients and family members in the CVD-19,” she said.

People all over the social media are grieving over the loss of hair caused by extreme stress, including the effects of the epidemic.

Hair loss can be devastating. But experts say that the most common cause of stress-related hair loss – called telogen effluvium – is usually temporary.

Dr. Caroline Robinson, a dermatologist and founder of Ton Dermatology, says stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss.

“When we are overwhelmed by stress, such as surgery, the death of a loved one, childbirth, a viral infection, or an ongoing pandemic, it can be a catastrophic change in our hair.” “This is a disease called telogen influenza, and it is more common than many people think.”

According to the Harvard Medical School, telogen flu can cause severe disability, significant weight loss, significant dietary changes, sudden hormonal changes, or iron deficiency.

Dr. Michelle S. Green, a dermatologist at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City, said there was an increase in the number of people who came for treatment for hair loss last year.

Green said: “Patients are actually carrying hair bags, it looks like full hair is in the bag. They all have the same story – they have been very sick with a high fever and have never been so sick in their lives.

Anabel Kingley, who specializes in treating hair and scalp problems at the Hair Care Clinic, says people often do not associate stress with hair loss because it does not occur immediately.

“Most hair loss episodes occur within six to 12 weeks after the traumatic event due to the nature of your hair growth cycle,” she says.

According to Robinson, hair loss can occur months after the traumatic event and “may be delayed until the traumatic event does not affect us.”

Dr. Summer Jaber, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C., New York, says the disease can be “very serious” and people can lose up to 50% of their hair, which can last for months.

Fortunately, according to Jaber, stress-related hair loss is generally not permanent.

“Telogen effluvium generally disappears on its own after a few months, although, in some patients, it may be chronic,” he said.

There are also two other conditions that can include hair loss: stress-alopecia areata, round hair loss and trichomoniasis, which is the urge to pull or pull your hair. They get worse.

“Alopecia areata can be treated, and trichotrillomania is generally reversible if it stops quickly, although, in severe cases, trichotillomania scars can cause hair loss,” he said.

In addition to leading to hair loss, stress can damage the skull in other ways, says Kingsley.

Kingsley says: “Stress often aggravates and exacerbates itching and itching. “This is because stress affects hormone levels and affects the immune system.”

This grinding results in more hair loss. And scratching can cause more frustration.

If you have stress, your roots may be degrading faster than usual, says Kingley, because stress increases the oil production of the skull.

Like androgenic alopecia – baldness causes hair follicles to shrink and stop hair growth, Kingley says can help with stress-related hair issues.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • Reduce Anxiety – “The first priority is to reduce stress through exercise, meditation, prayer, or any other form of stress reduction,” says Jaber.
  • Easily go for your hair – “It is very important not to get involved in hair practices that aggravate the symptoms by further weakening the hair follicles,” says Robinson. “I recommend that you follow gentle hair care practices and avoid overheating, dyeing or chemical processes.”
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet: “Hair is an unhealthy tissue and is often the first thing your body suffers from malnutrition,” says Kingley. “Vitamin imbalances, iron deficiency, inadequate protein intake and very few calories contribute to hair loss.”
  • See a doctor or specialist if needed: “If you are worried about losing your hair or consult a dermatologist with a permanent board certificate so it can be properly diagnosed and treated,” says Jaber. “Title Rogaine and vitamin-based supplements can sometimes be helpful.”

Contributed by: Adrianna Rodriguez

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