Since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, new information has surfaced almost every week about the nature and symptoms of the virus. We are all familiar with the main symptoms which include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, a dry cough, fever, fatigue etc. However, coronavirus has more recently been linked to hair loss, with many survivors of COVID-19 reporting symptoms of hair loss following recovery from the illness.
Survivors of COVID-19 have been coming forward and sharing their experiences of hair loss. Hollywood actress, Alyssa Milano recently shared a video on her Instagram showing her dramatic hair shed as a result of COVID-19, the comments overflowing with women sharing similar experiences after overcoming the virus.
We spoke to Trichologist, Samantha Stewart of Spencer Clinic in London about COVID-19 and hair loss. The Spencer Clinic specialise in the consultation and treatment of all hair and scalp complaints. They focus on non-invasive stimulative treatments increasing the blood supply, aiding the regeneration of hair follicles and regrowth.
Samantha said "Upon reopening we noticed a twofold experience of hair loss from our clients, the first being indirectly effected by the stress of lockdown and the second being directly effected by the symptoms of COVID-19."
Samantha and her colleagues found that all clients who had tested positive for COVID-19 had experienced severe hair shedding as a result of high fevers, which has been linked to Telogen Effluvium, a form of temporary hair loss linked to stress, traumatic events and illness.