Is Your Hair Falling Out Months After You Were Infected With COVID-19?
Dr. Esther Freeman, director of the Dermatology COVID-19 Registry, says hair loss some time after COVID-19 infection, is increasingly being reported. Months following any stressful event, physical or emotional (not just COVID-19 infection), hair can start to fall out. Hair loss is often experienced at the 3-month point after a stressful event.
A condition called telogen effluvium occurs among people who experience a stressful illness or other life event and shed hair.
Hair goes through a 3-step process of regeneration: anagen (growth), catagen (transition) and resting stage (telogen), or shedding stage. For unknown reasons, more hair follicles stall in the telogen stage and therefore more hair is shed
Researchers theorize the same male hormones that provoke hair loss may be linked to the propensity of COVID-19 patients experiencing hair loss. In fact, men with baldness may be more prone to COVID-19 infection itself.
There are androgen (male hormone) receptors on the surface of cells. When these receptors (molecular doorways) are overly sensitive, hair loss (alopecia) occurs.
When the androgen receptor is hyperactive a proteolytic (protein-like) enzyme is also active (TMPRSS2), an enzyme that is a key to COVID-19 infection. Men are vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19 infection, whereas children under age 10 who have not entered puberty are invulnerable to COVID-19. (Note: CO
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