Teresa Cabrera was so ill with COVID-19 that she had to spend a month in the hospital this spring, sleeping several times, going in and out of the air.
When she finally improved and was able to go home in May, the first thing she did was take a shower. That’s when she noticed that her hair was falling out.
“It’s out of my hands – it still works,” said Cabrera, 54, of Hopakong Lake in New Jersey. “I was very nervous. Now, when I made the tail, it was less than a quarter. It’s horrible. ”
She is not alone. A quarter of or more than 27% of patients recovering from COVID-19 reported that hair loss was delayed by more than 1,500 people in Survivor Corp’s Facebook group. Members are sometimes referred to as “long-term lers” because they discuss the long-term effects of the disease.
Doctors are responsible for telogen influenza, a temporary condition in which people experience excessive hair loss after surgery, surgery, high fever, stressful life events, significant weight loss or childbirth.
Dr. Esther Freeman, who directs the COVID-19 record of skin disease, said the COVID-19 dermatology database, which now contains 1,000 cases from 38 countries, is on the rise. While researchers were actively working on data analysis, she declined to give specific figures.
It is not surprising, then, that people with telegenic influenza begin to experience hair loss, which is often associated with the onset of epileptic seizures.
Like Cabrera, patients are shocked.
“If you recover from coccyx and then suddenly your hair starts to fall out, it can be very emotional,” said the director of Global Health dermatology at Boston Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of dermatology. Harvard Medical School.
But doctors are generally looking at a lot of telogen influenza – regardless of disease status – because everyone has been deeply distressed this year, with coronavirus infection, life expectancy or job loss.
Dr. Mark Glashofer, a dermatologist at Derm Group in New Jersey, West Orange, recently noted a general increase in Telegen FluvM cases.
“When I look at the person who spilled it, I don’t ask about daily stress like your job or traffic. The death of a loved one, career change, divorce, and COVID – we’re talking about a lot of stress – is a glamorous.
What is telogen influenza?
Hair grows and rests at about 90% of the time during the growth cycle.
“Hair is important for our makeup, but our body – when we feel feverish or seriously ill – doesn’t care about the hair,” he said.
So while it is common for people to shed 100-150 hairs a day, the flu virus means hundreds can fall. Glasgower brought patients the “hair bag” they had collected – from a bathtub or hairbrush – to show the extent of the hair loss.
Instead of being in one place, it was completely shed, so Cabrera did not notice any baldness, but her hair was very thin. She described her experience with COVID-19 as “extremely disturbing and disturbing”.
Aside from the shock of the disease, is there anything about the new coronavirus that could be the cause or contribution to hair loss? It’s really hard to know, so some of the direct effects of the virus can’t be ruled out, says Freman.
“But I say, because we are seeing this huge amount of telogen fluoride in patients without flu, there is a lot of anxiety,” he said.
Some studies have suggested that male pattern baldness is associated with a higher risk of developing CV-19, but Freeman was skeptical and did not believe the link. Older men are more likely to be exposed to severe COVID-19, and they are more likely to develop male pattern baldness, so more information is needed as it is very difficult to identify those effects.
Patients can be reassured that the hair loss caused by Telagen fluvium is not permanent – they will return to the growth cycle in the coming weeks and months, Glashofer said.
Often, the first sign of growth is the appearance of short hair on the facial hair, Freman said.
A doctor may order blood tests to check for thyroid abnormalities, or low iron or vitamin D, all of which can cause rapid bleeding.
Telogen effluvium is painless and does not include itching or itching of the skin, so any of these symptoms should be evaluated by a dermatologist if they are accompanied by hair loss.
With constant stress, it may take more than six months for hair to return to normal. Like many survivors of COVID-19, Cabarera said she had “traveled 1,000 miles per hour” before the outbreak – and continued to struggle with the consequences. She could not walk 10 steps without breathing and could not return to work.
Sick people are still struggling with problems such as financial problems and other anxieties. Such chronic stress can prolong the effects of telogen influenza, Freman said. He added that it is important to eat healthy and nutritious food, get enough rest and control stress.
Taking biotin is not helpful, but PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, may be an option to speed up the recovery process, Glashofer said.
The main thing – do not panic, the hair will return to normal on its own.