Covid-19 Hair Loss: What we know 9 months on...

One of the big stories that came out of the Covid-19 outbreak was the potential symptom of Hair Loss. More commonly seen in women, it seemed that Covid-19 was causing vast shedding over a short period of time. For all of us this would be traumatic to go through, never mind when suffering from a potentially life-threatening virus. Early on studies were commissioned to investigate the potential link between the Covid-19 virus and temporary or permanent hair loss. However, since it doesn’t seem much progress has been made to establish a link between the two.

So, what do we know about the link? The most likely explanation is a sudden increase in our stress levels is the cause of this hair loss. When the body is under high stress levels it moves to protect the body’s most vital organs and functions. Unfortunately, our body doesn’t class our hair growth at the top of its lists of priorities. High stress levels can lead to an increase in the level of shedding seen. In normal circumstances we shed 50-100 hairs per day, but stress can exacerbate this number.

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns around the world have caused huge levels of stress for us all, not just those suffering from Covid-19. Job security, the health of our loved ones, economic struggles and much more have become daily struggles for millions of us. Stress is normally seen as a mental ailment; it is very much something that can affect the whole body. All that being said there is no cure or medication that can taken that will to deal with stress. So, what can we do to deal with stress?

There is no remedy that works for everyone and sometimes stress can be unavoidable. One of the most popular ways to destress is to be active.Exercising is a great way to clear the mind and reduce any emotional intensity that you may be feeling. “Me time” is also another great way to separate yourself from the cause of the stress for a small amount of time. By doing this it will enable to think with more clarity when coming back to the source of the stress. “Me time” is as simple as setting aside some time to spend doing the things that you like. This can be as simple as reading a couple of chapters of a book or an episode of your favourite tv show. Personally, a long hot bath is a great way I find to unwind after a high stress day.

The biggest thing to avoid when dealing with stress are bad habits like alcohol, smoking or caffeine. Becoming reliant of this avoidance behaviour will lead to more problems later down the line that will out-weigh the short-term solution.

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