Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Add stress-related hair loss to the various issues attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve had sufferers coming in lately with stress-related hair loss, who inform me they have been so apprehensive about dying earlier this 12 months and even that that they had COVID-19. However they do not see the results till three months later,” mentioned dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz of Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle in Los Angeles.

“It throws the affected person off as a result of the stress has resolved, and but, the bodily manifestation is going on now,” Aivaz mentioned in a hospital information launch.

Stress-related hair loss sometimes happens three months or extra after a hectic occasion. Why it takes that lengthy is not clear, however the physique might prematurely pressure hair into the dormant part of its development cycle, which finally results in the hair root shrinking and falling out, consultants say.

Should you do have hair loss, it is a good suggestion to have a physician examine for a thyroid challenge or anemia. If stress is the trigger, hair loss dietary supplements and time will help, in keeping with Aivaz.

“Should you take away the set off and the stress degree decreases, nearly all of the time hair loss stops by itself, and the affected person regrows the misplaced hair as a result of their follicles are nonetheless energetic and wholesome,” she mentioned.

Because the pandemic has progressed, Aivaz and different dermatologists have additionally had extra sufferers in search of therapy for pores and skin points attributable to elevated hand-washing and stress.

Along with hair loss, stress can set off flares of pimples, dandruff and eczema, notably amongst older people who find themselves extra weak to COVID-19 and will have been apprehensive about their well being and funds, Aivaz mentioned.

For eczema, she recommends taking brief, lukewarm showers of 10 minutes or much less utilizing fragrance-free cleaning soap within the areas most frequently affected (armpits, groin, toes). However do not overdo it, she famous.

“When pores and skin is absolutely dry, even light cleaning soap can strip pure oils. Do not wash one thing that is not dirty,” Aivaz mentioned. “Lather cleaning soap in your arms, and skip the washcloth, which can also strip your pores and skin.”


Extra info

For extra on stress, see the U.S. Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being.

SOURCE: Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle, information launch, Nov. 16, 2020