I recovered from the crown, now I am losing my hair
What to do with a common problem such as postcoid alopecia?
Many who have had covid disease have noticed that they are losing their hair. And we are not talking about the tenth hairs on a comb (and losing 80-100 hairs per day is normal), but about whole strands that fall out daily, and about bald patches that form on the head.
– How to deal with this problem?
“The reasons for such a problem for those who have had the corona with a viral disease can be different,” says dermatologist Zhanna Prikhodko.
– Among the most obvious causes of so-called covid alopecia are impaired blood supply and microcirculation due to vascular lesions, as well as disturbances in gas exchange in tissues (including the epidermis of the head, where the hair follicles are located). Let’s add the use of various drugs that can have a toxic effect on the body (and as a result, provoke hair loss), and the stress provoked by the disease, and changes in hormonal levels. Explaining alopecia in those who have had covid can also be triggered by autoimmune reactions.Hair follicles are immune dependent, so they suffer from autoimmune reactions. Or we are talking about complications – against the background of the transferred covid – some kind of chronic pathologies. In any case, in order to navigate the methods of helping the patient, you need to know what drugs he used, how he was sick and see the patient himself, assess the degree of his alopecia – pathological hair loss.
–Can certain tests shed light on the cause of the pathology?
-First, I would advise blood tests: general detailed with the formula; biochemical; on thyroid hormones; for the content of vitamin D. I would recommend a mineralogram – spectral analysis of hair for 25 or 40microelement. Examination of the condition of the scalp can also help (the fact is that against the background of reduced immunity, dermatological problems can also wake up). “Infectious diseases, accompanied by intoxication, fever, the use of a large number of medications, quite often provoke alopecia.”
–Has a similar problem with hair loss been observed before in people who have had viral diseases?
-Yes, and not only viral. Infectious diseases, accompanied by intoxication, fever, the use of a large number of medications, quite often provoke alopecia.
-How long does it take after an illness to understand that the hair has begun to regenerate?
-It is difficult to say how long the body recovers after covid, because this disease is still poorly understood, but after other infectious ailments it continues for at least six months. But, of course, you shouldn’t wait and do nothing. After collecting all the necessary data, the specialist will select the appropriate treatment method: medications to stimulate hair growth or injection procedures with the determination of their quantity and the required dosage of drugs.From local procedures, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic physiotherapeutic procedures can be prescribed using therapeutic lotions, serums and gels, and the like. To solve the problem of hair loss, complex therapy may be needed, which includes both the use of medications and external therapeutic methods. Perhaps, for a start, you will need to take special complexes of vitamins – in particular with B vitamins, iron, zinc, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, magnesium.
–What should not be done for people who have hair loss after covid?
-I would advise against experimenting with folk methods like rubbing dry mustard or pepper tincture into the scalp – such treatment can lead to eczema. I would also not recommend wearing wigs. They usually contain synthetic fibers, which causes the scalp to overheat and not breathe. It is important that the hats are made from natural fabrics. Even if the hair does not fall out too intensively, you should not subject it to additional tests: dyeing, laminating, extending, straightening or curling.Dry your hair with a hairdryer as rarely as possible – under the influence of high temperature, the scalp becomes dry and the hair becomes brittle.”Treat” your hair and scalp with vitamin masks from egg yolk and oil (castor, grape seed), do it at least twice a week. And you also don’t need to despair: perhaps, over time, the body, and with it the hair, will recover. This requires at least a year, because, on average, new hairs grow by 1-2 cm per month, and this is only after the hair follicles “wake up”.