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Illness-Related Hair Loss

Hair loss resulting from illnesses such as cancer, COVID-19, and dengue fever can be a challenging experience for individuals undergoing medical treatments or recovering from serious illnesses.

If this relates to you, come in for a free hair consultation now! Our hair specialists are sure to help you out!

Understanding

Illnesses-related Hair Loss

Illness-related hair loss, often referred to as telogen effluvium, is a phenomenon where the body responds to the stress and trauma of an illness by shifting a large number of hair follicles into the telogen (resting) phase. This leads to noticeable hair shedding a few months after the illness or medical treatment.

Understanding the underlying causes and potential treatments for illness-related hair loss is essential to navigate this aspect of recovery.

Common Illnesses and Hair Loss:

Several illnesses and medical treatments can contribute to hair loss:

  • Cancer and Chemotherapy: Many cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy, can disrupt the hair growth cycle, leading to widespread hair loss. This occurs as the treatment affects rapidly dividing cells, including those responsible for hair growth.
  • COVID-19: Some individuals recovering from severe COVID-19 infections may experience hair loss as a result of the stress the body endured during the illness.
  • Dengue Fever: Dengue fever, a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes, can also lead to temporary hair loss due to the stress it places on the body.

 

The Hair Growth Cycle and Illness:

Illness-related hair loss affects the hair growth cycle similarly to stress-related hair loss:

  • Anagen Phase Disruption: During the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle, hair follicles actively produce new hair cells. However, with illness-related stress, many follicles can prematurely shift to the telogen phase, where hair is shed.
  • Delayed Shedding: The shedding phase that follows the telogen phase is often delayed after illness. This is why individuals may notice increased hair shedding a few months after their illness or medical treatment.

Hair Loss Due to Illness (Coping and Recovery)

Coping and Recovery: Dealing with illness-related hair loss can be emotionally challenging, especially during a time of recovery. Here are some strategies to consider:

Patience: Remember that hair loss after illness is often temporary and part of the natural healing process. New hair growth will gradually occur.

Nutrition and Hydration: Providing your body with adequate nutrients and hydration supports overall health, including hair health.

Gentle Hair Care: Treat your hair gently to minimize further stress on hair follicles. Use mild shampoos, avoid harsh styling, and let your hair air-dry when possible.

Hair Loss Due to Illness (Professional Support and Compassion)

Professional Support and Compassion:

Our team understands the physical and emotional challenges of hair loss resulting from illness. We offer specialized guidance and solutions tailored to your unique situation. Whether you’re recovering from cancer, COVID-19, dengue fever, or any other illness, we’re here to provide support on your journey to regaining your confidence and vibrant hair health.

At DRx Trichology Centre, we’re committed to helping you embrace the process of recovery and renewal. Schedule a free consultation with us today and let’s work together to restore your hair and well-being.

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