July 21, 2021

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I filmed this video on June 21st - the date that we in The UK thought it would be all over - and the full lockdown would be lifted,  But no - here we are - still in lockdown. Will it end in 3 weeks? Probably? Maybe not. Hard to say. Perhaps. 
In this video - I want to highlight how some COVID-19 survivors are noticing  surprising symptom months after contracting the virus:  hair loss.
And if you’re dealing with hair loss - whether it’s COVID related or not - I share some top tips on how to regrow your hair. 
Let’s get in to it In a small November 2020 study -  scientists researched the Prolonged and late onset symptoms of Covid. (24.1 percent of the participants reported hair loss.
In this study, the average time from COVID-19 symptom onset to noticeable hair loss was 58.6 days. 
Hair loss resolved in five of the 14 participants. However, nine participants were still experiencing hair loss at the time they were interviewed.

Why could COVID-19 cause hair loss?

The hair loss that’s seen following COVID-19 is identical to telogen effluvium (TE). Just like the participants in the study, people with Telogen Effluvium have noticeable hair loss around 2 to 3 months after a stressful event.  Hair typically falls out in large clumps, often while brushing or showering.

The hair loss usually affects less than 50% of the scalp and this increased hair shedding can continue for 6 to 9 months. After this period, most people find that the lost hair regrows.

How does Telogen Effluvium link with Covid 19?

Stress is one of the main triggers for Telogen Effluvium. 
Certainly, experiencing an illness like COVID-19 can cause both physical and emotional stress.
A recent study also highlighted that Telogen Effluvium has also been observed  in some people due to the stresses of quarantining.
Moreover, people who’ve become ill with COVID-19 experience fever as one of their symptoms. Often one of the potential triggers for Telogen Effluvium is often an acute illness with fever.
Each of the hair follicles exists in a different phase of the hair growth cycle. 
  • Anagen phase
  • Catagen phase
  • Telogen phase
  • Exogen phase
The developing phase of hair, where growth begins, lasts two to seven years, is known as Anagen phase. 
This is followed by a short, two-week phase that occurs when the hair follicle begins to fall away known as Catagen. 
Followed by this is a resting phase known as Telogen. 
And the final phase, Exogen where follicle sheds the hair and starts new growth.
Now, let’s look at the different types of hair loss linked to stress. Hair loss exists in three (3) types.
  • Telogen effluvium
  • Alopecia areata then lastly,
  • Trichotillomania
Telogen effluvium: This type of hair loss happens in the resting phase or the– telogen phase. Growing hair follicles are affected and they simply get weakened. This eventually leads to hair loss since hair grow from the follicles.
This usually affects the hair on the scalp and you can easily know you have telogen effluvium when your head is patchy especially towards the centre. What this means is that you can still have hair on other parts of your head other than the centre. 
But in more serious circumstances, you may witness hair loss on other parts of the body 
Telogen effluvium is considered the second most common type of hair loss and it’s not  particular to either gender. 
Hair loss due to telogen effluvium can grow back and its effect is not long-term on the hair follicles. 
It’s possible that hair loss may be associated with severe COVID-19. However, the extent to which this is the case and the biological mechanism behind it is unclear at this moment.
This July 2020 study compared balding patterns in 336 men hospitalized for COVID-19 and 1,605 men hospitalized without COVID-19. It found that men with the most pronounced pattern of baldness were more likely to test positive for COVID-19.

A November 2020 population study surveyed 43,565 people on topics like amount of hair loss, underlying health conditions, and COVID-19 status or outcome. It was found that hair loss was independently associated with more severe COVID-19 illness.

What can we do about Hair Loss?

It Really Works Vitamins can help,  We fight hair loss or refund you - hit the link below and get 10% off with code MENSHEALTH10.  

Download our free E-book: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLOCKING DHT. DHT is a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone and it’s responsible for kickstarting male pattern baldness.  The good news is that this hormone can be removed from the scalp - you just need to know how! We list up the foods to eat and to avoid, shampoos and vitamins to use and the DIY exfoliating scrubs you can try at home. 
Don’t forget - if you have any particular questions about your own hair, please do leave me a comment below and DM me on Instagram! 
Choose a gentle sulphate and paraben free shampoo. Take a look at this video where we show you the most effective ingredients in shampoos that encourage healthy hair growth.
Try a natural oil hair mask - massage it into the scalp. Scalp massage is a great way to boost circulation at the scalp and encourage hair growth. And don’t forget to dilute carrier oils such as pumpkin seed, oregano, and tea tree oil with coconut oil, avocado, or olive oil.  Add these to natural conditioners and shampoos as well as hair gels and creams.
Pack your diet with the best foods, drinks and snacks that speed up hair growth!
I'm gonna love you and leave you stay well stay safe see you very soon on the next It Really Works Vitamins episode take care of yourself bye.

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