Covid-19 was a moving target. New information about the virus has been released almost weekly since the pandemic hit its full potential earlier this year as health officials and scientists continue to analyze and understand the manifestations of the virus. Coronavirus shows a variety of symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC )’s Covid-19 resource page states: Symptoms may include, but is not limited to: "Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, constipation or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, (and) diarrhea “Among many other possible symptoms. The CDC also notes, "A wide variety of symptoms have been reported in people with COVID-19 – from mild symptoms to severe illness." Indeed, health professionals face great uncertainty when it comes to exactly to determine what the virus is like and therefore need to maintain a high level of suspicion when treating patients.
To further substantiate this point, a new potential effect of the coronavirus is increasingly being reported: hair loss. A groundbreaking one reportCompiled and recently published by Dr. Natalie Lambert and Survivor Corps in association with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the title "COVID-19" Long Hauler "Symptoms Survey Report begins with a fundamental premise:" The results of this study For example, the reported experiences of people suffering from long-term COVID-19 symptoms are colloquially known as “long-distance drivers.” This is not a peer-reviewed study. ”Even so, the results that have been compiled are breathtaking. The report describes the enormous Effects of the coronavirus on multiple body systems and notes that while the lung symptoms of Covid-19 are reasonably known, "Brain, whole body, eye and skin symptoms are also common health problems for people recovering from COVID-19."
Among a host of other manifestations, one of the most shocking symptoms the report points to is hair loss, which was reported by 423 survey respondents. This is a relatively new finding that is gaining momentum in the medical community. The Cleveland Clinic released a similar one early last week Report. Shilpi Khetarpal, dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic, stated in the article: “(w) We are seeing patients who had COVID-19 two to three months ago and are now suffering from hair loss. I think timing is really important. “In the report, Dr. Khetarpal states that this manifestation is likely "Telogen discharge"A relatively common dermatological condition that results in" temporary hair loss from excessive hair loss due to system shock "often triggered by a variety of situations including, but not limited to," surgery, serious physical or psychological trauma of any kind "infection or a high fever, extreme weight loss, or a change in diet. ”In another piece Dr. Jeff Donovan, President of Global News' Canadian Hair Loss Foundation, says he has also seen cases of this phenomenon in his clinic, stating, "Sure, we now realize that it is part of the spectrum of conditions, but we still have no numbers. "
The good news, however, is that, according to Dr. Donovan is likely a passing phenomenon: "The prognosis is good for a lot of people … (t) The recommendation for most is to just look it over and just move on without formally treating it. Patients always want to do something. But the reality is that by definition this is self-resolving. “Dr. Kheterpal seems to largely agree with this recommendation: "I think it is really important to reassure the patient and advise that this is getting better. Many patients worry about baldness, especially women. This hair loss will improve, but it will take time to to become normal again. "
Even so, most experts continue to advise that individuals should obtain adequate medical care and advice from trained health care professionals if new symptoms, changes in their health, or medical problems arise.
Indeed, this pandemic continues to show how much work remains to truly understand the broad scope of the coronavirus. While hair loss is just one of the relatively new potential realizations, only time will truly reveal the long-term consequences and health outcomes of Covid-19.
The contents of this article are not implied and should in no way be replaced by professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and are not written or intended as such. This content is for information and news purposes only. Contact a trained health care professional for medical advice.
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