Thinning Hair? Blame The Pandemic Or Your Wandering Stem Cells

This story is part 7 of an occasional series on the current progression in Regenerative Medicine. In 1999, I defined regenerative medicine as the collection of interventions that restore to normal function tissues and organs that have been damaged by disease, injured by trauma, or worn by time. I include a full spectrum of chemical, gene, and protein-based medicines, cell-based therapies, and biomechanical interventions that achieve that goal.

If your hair has been thinning or falling out altogether, it may be time to blame Covid-19. As the pandemic wears on, it has become clear that the effects of Covid-19 are not limited to respiratory health but can negatively impact anything from mental health to hearing and balance. Hair seems to be yet another one of its casualties.

Just in the past year, Google searches for hair loss have increased by eight percent. Social media groups dedicated to the discussion of hair loss have reported huge spikes in subscribers during the pandemic. Parallel to online trends, many dermatologists have described an influx of patients with hair loss or hair thinning.

So, why is this happening, and is it temporary? The good news is that hair loss caused by the pandemic is probably temporary. Hair loss can occur due to a myriad of reasons including genetics, aging, changes in hormones, changes in diets, or damaging hairstyles. However, the surplus of hair loss that occurred across the nation during the pandemic was likely induced by the physical shock of contracting Covid or the emotional shock of living through the pandemic. This process is triggered by a condition called telogen effluvium.

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