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Source: COVID-19 Symptoms  Aug 06, 2020  3 months ago
BREAKING! COVID-19 Symptoms: Study By Indiana University And COVID-19 Survivors Group Claims Of SARS CoV-2 Associated Hair Loss
BREAKING! COVID-19 Symptoms: Study By Indiana University And COVID-19 Survivors Group Claims Of SARS CoV-2 Associated Hair Loss
Source: COVID-19 Symptoms  Aug 06, 2020  3 months ago
COVID-19 Symptoms: A new survey identified dozens of potential long-term coronavirus symptoms that had previously been unreported, including hair loss.


 
The new research was conducted by a Dr Natalie Lambert, a doctor from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the grassroots COVID-19 survivor group using a social media poll. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e8b5f63562c031c16e36a93/t/5f25b5bfb3f4f86b1bf4d5f5/1596306894541/2020+Survivor+Corps+COVID-19+%27Long+Hauler%27+Symptoms+Survey+Report+%28revised+July+25.1%29.pdf
 
Although the US CDC recently identified only 17 persistent COVID-19 symptoms, the survey of more than 1,500 patients found 98 possible symptoms, according to Dr Natalie Lambert, an associate research professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
 
Dr Lambert told Thailand Medical News, “The new symptoms our study identified include hair loss, severe nerve pain, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, blurry vision and even hair loss.”
 
The US CDC has only identified fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea as symptoms that may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.
 
Interestingly more than 26.5 percent of the participants in the survey reported painful symptoms including some of the same symptoms identified by the CDC, plus others like heartburn, back pain and chest pain.
 
Almost a third of the respondents reported hair loss.
 
Among other reported symptoms were memory problems, anxiety, dizziness and blurry vision, among others.

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A respondent of the survey from the group said she contracted COVID-19 in early April and estimated she had lost 75% of her hair and wrote that she planned to get a wig. She wrote,” My face already looks more aged since contracting the virus but still I’m resilient. I’m not sure if my hair will ever return back the same.”
 
It was reported that the American Academy of Dermatology is also tracking “dermatologic manifestations” of the coronavirus. Dr Esther Freeman, who’s leading the academy’s efforts on the coronavirus, told media that they have also seen an increasing number of hair loss cases.
 
Dr Freeman said that from the academy’s database of dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19 that has more than 1,000 cases from 38 countries, there had been a growing number of people reporting hair loss after recovering.
 
Accordingly th e hair loss may be tied to a condition called telogen effluvium, according to the report. It causes individuals who experience a stressful illness or other life event to shed hair. Telogen effluvium hair loss typically starts about three months after the stressful event, which Dr Freeman told media would coincide with the pandemic’s peak.
 
Typically about 85 to 90 percent of the hair on a healthy person’s hair is in the anagen phase or the active stage of growth. The rest of the hair is in a resting phase, also known as the telogen phase. Hair shedding is normal since the hair remains in the anagen phase for about two to four years, then go into the telogen phase, where they fall out to be replaced by new ones.
 
However In the condition called telogen effluvium, more hairs are going into the resting phase, resulting in more hair falling out, particularly from the top of the scalp. Some of the factors that may cause this condition include major surgery, significant stress, physical trauma, extreme weight loss or sudden dietary changes, high fever or severe illness, sudden hormone changes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and iron deficiency, among others.
 
Telogen effluvium is painless and does not involve other symptoms such as itchiness and scaling. However, when patients experience hair loss with other symptoms such as a burning sensation in the scalp, they need to be evaluated by a dermatologist.
 
Although there’s still a lot to learn about COVID-19, many members of the Survivor Corps group have reported difficulty in getting help from their doctors to manage less common coronavirus symptoms.
 
Also while Facebook is not typically used as a basis for medical studies, Dr Lambert said the Survivor Corps group was valuable for crowdsourcing experiences.
 
Dr Lambert added, “Until there is more research that helps us to understand why these long-term symptoms are happening and how to treat them, thousands of long haulers will continue to suffer at home; both from painful COVID-19 symptoms and uncertainty about when they will feel well again.”
 
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