Covid Could Be Behind Hair loss In Those Who Contacted It Says Survey – BW Healthcareworld


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80 per cent of hair loss patients who came during the period had tested positive for COVID at some time. Out of these 90 per cent of women reported mild to severe hair loss and 85 per cent of men across age groups reported receding hairline and bald patches

If you have been suffering from acute hair fall for the last 2 years and have tested positive for COVID at some time, chances are that your hair fall is linked to Covid says an observational survey conducted by Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic based in Bengaluru. 
The period of study was between July 2020 to June 2022 when a total of 2,525 patients visited the various centres of Hairline in Bengaluru.  
“80 per cent of hair loss patients who came during the period had tested positive for COVID at some time. Out of these 90 per cent of women reported mild to severe hair loss and 85 per cent of men across age groups reported receding hairline and bald patches,” explains Dr Kala Vimal, Trichologist and Dermatologist, Hairline International Hair and Skin Research and Treatment Centre who conducted this study. 
It was alarming to note through the study was that 70 per cent of patients were below 40, 72 per cent of patients also had other health issues – 50 per cent reported fluctuating BP and 85 per cent women complained of irregular menstruation with clots/ prolonged menstruation, Dr Vimal added. 
“The reason why COVID induces hair fall is due to disturbance of hair cycle. There are three phases of a hair cycle- anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is the growth phase where hair grows 1 cm every 28 days. Catagen phase is the end of the anagen signalling end of growth phase. This lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks. Telogen is the resting phase which lasts for about 100 days. When COVID happens, more strands of hair prematurely enter telogen or resting phase. It is seen 2 to 3 months post COVID. It can last for 6 to 9 months before it stops,” explains Dr Kala Vimal.  
The reason why more patients were below 40 could be because of additional stress at work. Also, when someone has hair fall post 40-45 years of age they are also less likely to consult a trichologist than those below 40, stated Dr Vimal. 
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