As the COVID-19 virus swept the globe, people got sick, then they got better, and then… they started losing their hair. That was a delayed aftereffect that no one saw coming. Stress levels were already running high with the lockdowns, illness, crazy mandates, medications, rushed vaxxes, and unrelenting controversy surrounding the pandemic. Add to that, the stress on the body from the virus itself, and you have a recipe for serious stress-related responses.
A study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science in late August 2021 found a distinct link between acute telogen effluvium – a form of temporary hair loss – and COVID-19. Researchers wanted to examine the virus’s possible effects on the human hair growth cycle and establish a relationship between this condition and COVID.
Post COVID-19 Infection Associated With Excessive Hair Loss, According to New Study
The insanity of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our lives. Reports of overcrowded hospitals, deaths, job losses, closed businesses, and resource shortages have stressed the already fearful masses. Mainstream media did a fantastic job keeping the fear-mongering going, scaring people with news about newer variants, the ever-increasing death toll, etc.
So, when reports started coming in about people losing their hair months after having COVID, it was a symptom that no one saw coming.
Authors Confirm Relationship Between COVID-19 Infection and Telogen Effluvium
Researchers assembled 39 patients ranging from 22 to 67 years old. All of the patients had been diagnosed with COVID. Most only had mild and moderate symptoms, and none required hospitalization during their illness.
Two to three months after the illness, all patients in the trial began to experience excessive hair loss. In the study, the authors confirmed the link between COVID-19 infection and acute telogen effluvium. Furthermore, the drugs used to treat the virus were excluded as a cause of hair loss.
Therefore, the researchers believe it is specifically due to the so-called virus itself. But, now, let’s shift our focus to helping those in need.
Support Hair Growth With These Nutrients
In addition to optimal nutrition, good hydration, and good quality sleep, several supplements can support natural hair growth.
Some of the top supplements include:
- Vitamin D: boosts immunity and combats vitamin D deficiency which can contribute to hair loss
- Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant that is found in many hair growth oral supplements
- Biotin: vitamin B7 is a popular vitamin for hair growth and health
- B12: helps heal the central nervous system and helps the body better handle stress and increases blood flow
- Zinc: powerful promoter of hair follicle recovery
- Vitamin A: an essential vitamin needed by every part of the body
Some natural herbal supplements have also shown success:
- Saw Palmetto
- Curcuma Aeruginosa
- Reishi Mushroom
- Red clover
- Panax Ginseng
- Fish Oil (or Flaxseed Oil)
- Gotu Kola
Finding the right combination for you may take some trial and error, but it is possible to regrow your hair after COVID.