Hair loss and the COVID-19 pandemic
Studies show that stress can affect hair regeneration in mice. The test subjects were given cortisol or stress hormone within a set period of time. This hormone manages the resting phase of the hair follicles. The increase in stress in mice slows down hair growth and even regeneration of new hair follicles. Given the same scenario for humans, the effect might be the same.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on a lot of people emotionally, physically, and financially. Isolation and quarantine have changed how we interact with each other so we may lose touch with family and friends.
People are losing their means of living which adds more stress to the already stressed self. This is why more people experience hair loss due to stress and anxiety as the pandemic progresses.
Hair loss due to stress and anxiety: Telogen effluvium
Stress may also cause telogen effluvium. This happens when the body undergoes extreme stress. This condition makes about 30% of one’s hair go into the telogen phase, before falling out. You may lose up to 300 hairs a day compared to the regular 100. Note that hair loss due to stress may start 2 to 3 months after the inciting event.
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