Reports of Hair Loss Increase During the Pandemic
At Riviera Hair Replacement, we design, create and implement hair replacement solutions for a variety of clients. People come to us for different reasons. Some are experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy; others have alopecia or pattern baldness.
Regardless of why you are seeking hair replacement, you will find that Riviera Hair Replacement specialists are discreet, knowledgeable, and compassionate, offering respectful service to all.
We have started hearing from a “new” type of client during the pandemic – those who are experiencing substantial hair loss that may be related to Covid-19.
There is little concrete evidence and information about the relationship between Covid-19 and hair loss.
Still, experts agree on one thing: There has been an increase in the number of people reporting significant hair loss during the pandemic.
If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, call Riviera Hair Replacement for a free consultation. We can help you find a solution that can restore your head of hair and your confidence.
Questions and Answers About Covid-19 and Hair Loss
People have many questions about hair loss and the pandemic. Here, we will look at some of the most frequently asked questions and offer answers we hope will help.
Do People Who Get Covid-19 Experience Hair Loss?
Some do, yes. Many don’t. Because Covid-19 is still a “new” virus, there is not much known about its effects on the body. This is especially true because so many people who get Covid-19 have no symptoms whatsoever.
Regardless, many individuals do report an increase in hair loss after they have the virus. Some of these patients might have had more severe symptoms of the virus, such as prolonged fever, fatigue, coughing, or hospitalization.
Researchers are still studying the relationship of hair loss to Covid-19.
Are Some Patients With Covid-19 More Likely to Experience Hair Loss Than Others?
Again, research is still underway regarding the relationship between hair loss and Covid-19. There are so many variables that might come into play, like gender, race, underlying conditions, smoking, obesity, and more.
What does seem evident is that the more profoundly you are affected by Covid-19, the greater your risk of hair loss.
Is Having a Fever With Covid-19 Related to Hair Loss?
Fever can often be a trigger for hair loss. It can therefore be assumed that fever from Covid-19 can contribute to hair loss.
Does Hair Loss Occur Immediately After a Covid-19 Diagnosis?
Remember, many people do not experience hair loss after a Covid-19 diagnosis. But for those who do, it usually occurs 7-16 weeks after diagnosis. The average time is 10-12 weeks.
Because it takes so long, many people might not equate their hair loss with the virus. Why does it take so long after Covid-19 for hair loss to occur? The type of hair loss thought to be related to Covid-19 is called telogen effluvium (TE).
TE is a common type of hair loss caused by a stressful event or “trigger.” The trigger can be physical trauma or an event like surgery, an accident, high fever, or sudden weight loss. A trigger can also be emotional trauma or experiencing any highly stressful event, including the death of a loved one, a new job, or depression.
Telogen is the stage of the hair cycle when hair naturally sheds. Telogen effluvium occurs when the growth phase slows as more hair moves into the telogen stage. The result is an excessive amount of shedding. The hair usually grows back but can leave your hair looking noticeably thinner.
Does the Covid-19 Virus Itself Directly Cause Hair Loss?
There is no conclusive evidence that Covid-19 attacks the hair itself and causes it to shed. It is more likely that stressors related to Covid-19 are contributing to TE. The illness itself can lead to TE, especially if you have a high fever or suffer other severe symptoms that can traumatize the body. For some, having Covid-19 and having to quarantine or isolate can cause extreme anxiety, which can also lead to TE.
How Long Does Covid-19 Hair Loss Last?
Shedding from Covid-19 seems to follow the same patterns as shedding from all TE cases. It usually begins 7-12 weeks after a Covid-19 diagnosis.
It typically slows 3-6 months later, and the hair returns to a regular cycle of growth. It can, in rare cases, take longer.
What Can I Do if I Have Covid-19 Related Hair Loss?
The first thing is to see a medical professional who can determine the cause of your hair loss. You might have Covid-19 related TE or something else going on. It is essential to consider whether your hair thinning might the result of alopecia, pattern baldness, or an underlying medical condition.
Are There Treatments for Covid-19 Related Hair Loss?
If you are experiencing TE from Covid-19, your hair will likely begin to grow back and return to how it was before you got the virus. Once the trigger is removed, your hair growth cycle should return to normal.
Identifying the exact trigger, however, may not be possible. Because Covid-19 has put tremendous stress on many people, even those without the virus itself, TE can last longer than you might like. While there is no medical treatment for it, you can seek support from others experiencing hair loss and try other techniques to ease the anxiety you might be feeling.
You might also seek hair replacement options such as a wig or hair integration to help you look and feel your best until your hair returns in a way that makes you comfortable.
Do You have Covid-19 Related Hair Loss? Call Riviera Hair Replacement for a Free Evaluation
If you are experiencing hair thinning after Covid-19, call Riviera Hair Replacement to schedule a confidential consultation. Our hair replacement professionals can help you determine what hair replacement option can satisfy your needs and fit your lifestyle.
Call us today at 516-364-0110 to learn more about our hair replacement options.