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Véronique Majoros, Director of the René Furterer Institute
Don't panic, you're not the only one. Covid all took us by surprise and its consequences, direct or indirect, have not finished surprising us. Because yes, it must be said that hair loss is not a symptom of Covid, but a consequence. The virus itself does not cause hair loss. However, what it does to our bodies (severe fatigue, fever, hormonal imbalances) is a factor in triggering the so-called reactive hair loss.
Consider this: we normally lose between 30 and 100 hairs a day. This is their natural lifecycle: old hair makes way for new hair. But the slightest (or largest) convenience is enough to disrupt this cycle and accelerate hair loss to the point where you notice it: this is what we call reactive hair loss.
Besides, you don't need to have contracted Covid to suffer from it: the intense stress we've all been confronted with and the brutal change in our lifestyles also play an obvious role in the disruption of our natural biological cycles. But we can be exposed to this type of hair loss in other circumstances such as pregnancy, any major stress spike in our professional or personal lives, or an illness and medical treatments. This type of hair loss usually occurs two to three months after the event. "
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