In a public Twitter chat with her fans, Khloé Kardashian admitted to her hair loss as one of the side effects of having Covid-19. She actually isn’t the only celebrity that has confessed to this same side effect. When Drake added a heart-shaped hairline to his hairstyle, he shared on social media that it was his clever way to work around the bald spot that developed post-Covid.
Khloè Kardashian first contracted Covid in the early part of 2020 and recently shared on Instagram that she has Covid-19 again. And yet, Khloé is still dealing with her hair loss over a year later. So now, with her second bout with Covid-19, what does this mean for Khloé Kardashian’s hair? Will she have to change her hairstyle like Drake to adjust to more hair loss?
We’ll share the possible causes of hair loss and Covid-19, plus the solutions on how to combat this side effect.
Khloé Kardashian first contracted Covid-19 in 2020, but her hair loss didn’t happen until months later. How is this possible?
Well, she isn’t the only person who has noticed delayed side effects. Reporting hair loss months after the virus has left your body has been written in an article by the Cleveland Clinic and a topic of conversation for the Facebook Group- Survivor Corps. With over 170K members sharing posts about hair loss being a side effect after having Covid.
Doctors and health experts are pointing to a hair loss condition called Telogen effluvium as the culprit. This condition is activated after a person has suffered from a traumatic and stressful event in their life. We share more details about this stress-induced condition.
Telogen effluvium is a hair loss condition triggered when an extreme stress level has occurred in the body. Stress from an illness, high fever, severe psychological stress, and some medications (such as antidepressants) are some of the causes of Telogen effluvium.
Hair loss from by Telogen typically begins three to six months after the traumatic event. The stress and anxiety from the event cause your body to go into a silent state of “shock,” sending signals to your hair follicles to go into a resting state (telogen). When hair follicles are in a resting state, they don’t grow as they usually would.
The first sign of Telogen effluvium is thinning hair, which later transitions to falling out completely. There have been no reports of losing all of your hair from Telogen effluvium.
A small case study published by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) links hair loss as a side effect of Covid-19. Participants reported having suffered from hair loss symptoms three to six months after having the virus. They reported shedding hair or even losing clumps of hair.
The positive news is that Telogen effluvium is not permanent, and the hair loss will slowly recover about 6-8 months from the first signs of when the condition first appeared.
The best way to combat this hair loss condition is to reduce or eliminate stress from your daily activities or lifestyle. Your hair follicles will leave the resting stage and return to its normal growth cycle after the stress is no longer active in the body.
However, in some cases, hair loss could be irreversible in people prone to patterned baldness based on their genetics. The unfortunate possibility is Telogen effluvium may have triggered baldness prematurely.
If you have exhausted all of the possible ways, naturally and with medical assistance, with still no hair growth results, then a hair transplant may be your solution.
A hair transplant involves harvesting optimal hair follicles from a donated area from your scalp. The sides and back of the hair compromise of follicles that are less likely to fall out, deeming a higher quality of hair growth.
There are several different types of hair transplants:
It’s best to consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to get your scalp examined. A consultation with a hair transplant specialist will be able to advise you if your baldness is a permanent condition. Together, you can plan for the hair transplant method that is right for you and the desired outcome.
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