In investigators who studied a series of long-term symptoms caused by Covid-19 detetaram that 359 of 1,655 patients hospitalized in Wuhan, in China, suffered from severe hair loss.
The data collected, published in The Lancet, indicate that hair loss is a primary long-term symptom of Covid-19, along with fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and joint pain.
The authors of the article who intended to investigate the long-term effects of the new coronavirus they say the symptoms remain “largely obscure”.
Patients who were examined for this study were discharged from the Hospital Jin Yin-tan em Wuhan between 7 of janeiro and 29 of May 2020 after suffering from Covid-19.
Six months later, they were interviewed again and answered questionnaires about their symptoms and quality of life.
The individuals also underwent physical examinations and performed six-minute walk tests, as well as blood tests.
According to the investigators, 63% of patients had muscle fatigue or weakness, 26% suffered from sleep disorders, 23% had anxiety or depression and 22% suffered from hair loss.
The study also revealed that 76% of patients reported at least one symptom six months after the generalized onset of symptoms, and the proportion was higher in women.
The authors wrote: “the target of this study was to describe the long-term health consequences of patients with Covid-19 who were discharged “.
“As far as we know, this is the largest study of cohort with the longest duration of follow-up assessing the health consequences of adult patients discharged from hospital recovering from Covid-19″.
Dermatologists say hair loss is partly a normal response to an experience stressful – how to get sick with a virus during a pandemic – and that the hair will eventually grow back.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), hair loss induced by Covid also occurs due to the effluvium telephone (TE) – a shedding condition caused by a disturbance in the hair growth cycle.
TE results in a high percentage of follicles anagenic (hair follicles that are actively growing), entering its resting phase prematurely throughout the scalp.
Experts from AAD point out that the ET lasts between six to nine months before the hair returns to its normal thickness and appearance.
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