Saving hair after coronavirus: a trichologist


Most people with COVID-19 recover completely after a few weeks. However, some – even those who have had a mild form of the disease – continue to experience unpleasant consequences for some time. Severe hair loss is considered one of these postcoid factors. Most often, it manifests itself 2-3 months after the illness in both women and men. We found out why this is happening and how to deal with it.

Yana Ilyina

Yana Ilyina

dermatovenerologist, cosmetologist-trichologist of the Austrian Health Center Verba Mayr

Normally, a person drops out up to 100 hairs a day – this is part of the natural balance: some hair falls out, while others grow. However, if you notice tufts of hair after each brushing, washing, and simple pulling, it is worth considering going to the doctor in order to stop this process in time.

3 main causes of hair loss

After coronavirus infection, microcirculation is disturbed, problems often appear in the vascular walls and the level of oxygen in the tissues decreases. In the future, this leads to a decrease in oxygen-exchange processes in the hair follicles, which stimulates severe hair loss. In addition, as after any illness, a person’s immunity deteriorates and deficiency conditions appear, as a result of which the health of the hair follicles suffers.

Stress itself also influences this. With emotional stress, the hormonal background of the body changes, which leads to a change in metabolism and blood circulation. If this is an isolated case, then shortly after restoration, hair growth is normalized in a natural way. However, if depression and stress have become your “companions in life” after an illness, you can hardly do without qualified treatment.

Not only diseases can lead to hair loss, but also treatment. Fallout can often be a side effect of certain medications. In addition to hormonal medications, a number of medications for depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure also affect this.

Supplements and injections

There are several ways to solve this problem, depending on what caused it. First of all, you should consult a trichologist. He will examine the condition of the hairline and write out referrals for hormone, deficiency and thyroid examinations. Based on the results, the doctor will decide which drugs to prescribe in order to even out the hormonal balance and normalize the metabolism. As a rule, hair volume is restored after 3-4 months, so the results of treatment can not be seen and evaluated immediately.

In addition, mesotherapy, ozone therapy and plasma therapy are often prescribed as auxiliary methods of treatment – these are procedures in which special drugs are injected into the scalp using microinjections to enhance hair growth. As a result, the structure of the hair, their appearance is improved and the processes of regeneration and cellular restoration are launched. These treatments are long-lasting and are suitable for almost all hair types (oily, dry, normal), solving a wide range of problems.

The duration of the course and the drugs are determined by the doctor, based on the problems and individual characteristics of each patient. Usually the problem is solved in a complex way. The use of cosmetics and the use of beneficial dietary supplements (Omega-3, calcium, vitamin D and others) allow patients to cope with even severe hair loss. However, they need to be taken only in a certain dosage after passing tests and identifying a deficiency.